Susan Brody, from The Art of Not Getting Published, tagged me in a writing process blog hop. I am supposed to answer four predetermined questions, and then tag someone else to keep it going.
Q. What are you working on? Too many projects at once. I have articles due for several different magazines, a newspaper article burning a hole in my computer, and edits waiting on a couple of short stories. Then there are always my partially completed books. While I love my fiction projects, my nonfiction sees the light of day more often. I'm not sure if it's because I take them more seriously, or I feel others will take them more seriously, but there you have it. Besides, the instant gratification of seeing my articles published the next day, or at least within the next month or two, feeds my ego more than waiting six months to several years for the fiction release.
Q. How does your work differ from others of its genre? Hmmm... Doesn't every author hate this question? Why do I have to justify my greatness to you, just read it and behold my awesomeness! (BTW - I don't recommend actually saying this out loud ;-)
Q. Why do you write what you do? *Refer to my instant gratification comment in #1. Seriously though, Journalism was my first real foray into the writing world. Wonderful high school, and later college, mentors inspired me to stretch my abilities, and reach for improvement. The article writing allows me to freelance from home, setting my own schedule and rules, and affords the opportunity to cover many different topics instead of being limited to one niche.
Q. How does your writing process work? Like a bipolar clown. Some days I may write a couple thousand words, complete edits, set up interviews, outline a draft, read multiple works, create character back stories, etc. Then there are the days where I just leave technology off, color and play games with my kids, and don't so much as look at a book - unless you count The Napping House or Dr. Seuss.
Now it is my great pleasure to introduce the next member in this blog hop: Sherry Perkins. She has two blogs you can visit, several books you can purchase, and multiple other publications where you can find splashes of her genius. She is also an extremely active mentor to many writers, young and old. In a few days, you can find her responses to these four questions at: www.copperhead1864.blogspot.com