First, I must thank Leslie Lynch for inviting me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She’s a delightful colleague and a skilled writer, and I’m glad to be getting to count her among my “writing friends!”
Here’s the part where I actually talk about my, you know, writing process.
1) What am I working on? Spinning plates, that’s what I’m working on. In between homeschooling, marketing Don’t You Forget About Me, and trying to figure out how to eat with hypoglycemia, I’m working on First Disciples, a series of books that will teach girls 8-15 the daily life skills that young Mary would have used as a girl living in Herodian Israel. I’m also, slowly and painfully, drafting Never Let Me Down Again, the sequel to the aforementioned Don’t You Forget About Me.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? I’m not even sure I have a genre. Theology of the Body murder-mystery isn’t exactly a category on Amazon.
3) Why do I write what I do? Because it hurts when I don’t.
4) How does your writing process work? I’m a planner but not in the traditional outline-y way. Writing Jane_E, Friendless Orphan: A Memoir got me into a writing habit that works rather well for me. Since Jane_E needed to follow the same essential plot structure of Jane Eyre, I made a “To Do” list of narrative tasks that each chapter had to accomplish. I’ve been using that technique ever since, putting the list at the bottom of each chapter and deleting each task as I write out its narrative. It’s very satisfying to watch each list dwindle as I write.
And now I tag the following writers:
Laura is another Catholic mom, blogger, and proponent of faithful environmental stewardship.
Enjoy, tomato pie fans!