Dear Friends and Readers,
So the other day I was checking my Twitter DMs and saw a message from @Jdstirling451 over at JDSFiction. I was all like, “Hey, I know that dude! He’s pretty cool.” So I open the DM, right? What did win? Oh just an invite to a blog hop! Say what?! Now, I’ve heard of these, and hopping blogs sure does sound like fun. So I says to him, I says, “Joe, count me in.” And here we are!
I’ll answer the following questions, because them’s the rules.
1) What am I working on?
Oh dear God, where do I even begin? I work on blog posts as they spring to mind. I’m open for submissions to my new Featured Flash. I also hold competitions at WritersCafe.org. Four winners receive honest, constructive reviews and one gets their time to shine on a predetermined Featured Flash Monday.
My writing soul mate and I are working together on various short stories. I have two, possibly three, novels in the works. I keep finding out about so many different ways to put content out there, but WordPress remains my favorite. Something about those blue bars is addictive. I’ve been at this writing business for almost a year now. I’m still learning, and loving every minute of it.
The short answer, I’m working on becoming a better writer.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My perspective on life in general is what makes my work different from the work of others. I would imagine anyone would say the same, though, really. If you think about it, that makes sense. 50 people can all have the same prompt, adhere to the same restrictions, even constraining themselves to a specific genre, and still come out with 50 different stories. That’s what makes anyone’s story unlike any other in it’s genre. This should be common knowledge among experienced editors/publishers/literary agents. Seriously, has no one realized this yet?
3) Why do I write what I do?
The only reason I write anything is because I enjoy it. If I go a day without writing, I get depressed. When I get depressed, it’s hard to write. Thus begins a vicious cycle that can only be broken by writing. Hmmm, I’ve always said I write because I want to. But you know what? That’s not totally accurate. I write because I need to.
4) How does your writing process work?
My process is different for nearly every project. Taking the advice of another writing buddy, Ryan Williamson, I’m currently using the snowflake method on a short story that will tie into (or become part of) one of my novels. I’m loving it so far. Maybe I’ve found my process, maybe the next project will be different. Either way, I think people put too much pressure on themselves to develop a tried and true process that simply must work for them every freaking time. Just write.
That’s it for me folks. Hop on over to the blogs below. They’ll share a similar post next Monday, but there’s plenty of great stuff just waiting to be read in the meantime. Check it out!