The Art of Mirriam Neal

Writing Process Blog Tour

shipI was tagged by Rachel Heffington at Inkpen Authoress and Maddie from The Wonderful World of My Life to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. I’m actually writing this on Saturday because on Monday morning, I’m leaving for a week of fun in the sun at Disneyworld! I love you all, and I’ll see you next weekend! <3

1) What am I working on at the moment? I’m working on This Mortal Coil, a tale of redemption in the time of South Carolinian vampires. I’m also sorting through my mind and praying about what project I really ought to throw myself into – every time I think about it, I feel like it ought to be a high fantasy, and I’ll probably head in that direction.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? I like to think I put my own spin on things, but it’s difficult to say exactly where it happens. I don’t usually ponder how I can make things different; I just create them and hope for the best. I think it helps that I like to surprise myself, and be surprised.
3) Why do I write what I do? I write so many things that the phrase ‘what I do’ seems vague, but I know why I write. I write to experience a vast world of things that will never be, to learn from the experiences, and to share the experiences with others. I want to give slices of starlight to everyone who is willing to take them, and I want to live in that starlight myself.
4) How does my writing process work? I’ll admit, it’s not so much of a ‘process’ at the moment, although I hope to make it one. I’m still trying to plan out some kind of schedule – the word ‘schedule’ seems menacing and unfriendly, but I’m wrangling it into submission. At the moment, I take a few weeks coming up with the bones of my story, and then I spend a few months to a year putting flesh on those bones. It’s a day-by-day process; some days I may not write at all, and other days I may write for six hours straight. Not the best example, I’m afraid. But there is always music and hot drinks. Always.

Coming up with a nomination is so hard…but I’m going to nominate Katie from Whisperings of the Pen, because she’s a ray of sunshine and there’s a peculiar magic about her writing that sings to me.

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