My number one commenter, S. R. Carillo (Sierra) of Permashift, tagged me in this interesting blog hop. The topic is a good one, and I thought I’d share my answers with you.
What Am I Working On?
Well, other than my failed attempt at Camp NaNoWriMo with the short story Fractured, I’m working on my main project, which is currently titled Journey to Ariadne. It’s been going slowly, but I’m getting myself into a new routine in which I actually write in a notebook and later type it up. It’s a story that takes place partly on Mars and chronicles humanity’s first attempt to colonise a world outside the solar system. Along with this, I’m developing the background and will be posting a lot of information on the Ariadne page as the Ariadne Encyclopedia. Some of the first things that’ll be included are the sequence of events that lead up to the beginning of Journey to Ariadne and character profiles.
How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?
I don’t really want to spoil anything, but this will go beyond just science fiction. As it’ll be set on a single planet and be totally devoid of space travel, it’ll focus on humanity’s attempt to create a new society that isn’t concerned with consuming resources, fighting for territory, or polluting the environment. It will include something that I would rather not discuss at this time, because it would spoil things.
Why Do I Write What I Write?
I’m writing what I want to write. Or more precisely, I’m writing the kind of story that I’ve wanted to read. I’ve also been very interested in worldbuilding, so I wanted to write something based on a world that I created several years ago. It’s been a work in progress for many years, and only recently have I started to actually plan out and write the stories that I’d thought about long ago. It’s time to bring them to life.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
I’ve been trying to find a process that works for me. I used to just do my writing on a computer, while planning out on paper. Basically, the worldbuilding was done on paper, lots of paper. The basic planning and outlining is done in a notebook. I also write a lot of scenes for later use in a notebook. Once I do get everything into a Word document, I edit it, let it sit for a while, read it over again, then submit it for critiquing. After that, I do another revision and in the case of Journey to Ariadne, I post it to my author website.
As I’m not yet at the point where I’m editing the entire story, I can’t say exactly what I’ll do. However, what I do plan on doing is to do some major editing and rewriting and prepare it all in one Word document to be sent to beta readers. After that, I’ll rewrite again, let it sit for a while, then do another round of editing.
In the meantime, I’ll be working on my first full length novel while Journey to Ariadne is being edited and beta read.
I’m going to tag my other top three commenters who also happen to write. They are Winter Bayne, Tracey Lynn Tobin, and Linda G Hill. No pressure for you three to do this, so do it if you like.