My Writing Process in a Shell of a Nut
Posted by Lisha Cauthen
One of the best things about having writerly friends, is celebrating with them when they cross the finish line. One of my talented friends in such a position is LOUISE GALVESTON, author of By the Grace of Todd.
Louise tagged me in the #myworkprocess blog thinga-do. Here’s her post on her work and how she produces it, and below, mine.
A. What am I working on?
Currently, I’m revising a perky little YA manuscript that involves cellular memory, serial killing and sex. And also, bad words. Although this story is quite dark, it’s a lot of fun for me. It’s set in my home state of Texas, and recreating the rhythm of Texan speech patterns, as well as idioms peculiar to the state, is like wrapping myself in a warm serape.
B. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write books for guys that girls like to read too. If it’s a subject that’s usually discussed in whispers, I wave it like bunting on the Fourth of July. My stories are gritty and realistic, but always with a small twist that makes the world skew a bit toward the weird.
C. Why do I write what I do?
You’d have to ask my psychiatrist.
D. How does your writing process work?
I believe in vomiting out your first draft–just GET IT DOWN. As I write, characters’ names change, the plot careens wildly and I might try on different tenses and points of view. DOESN’T MATTER. Then, I choose which tense and point of view I like, and rewrite for plot and story elements. Then a third draft concentrating on character, setting and cleaning up plot holes. Then a last pass to clean up anything I missed. I. Am. Thorough.
NEXT WEEK, MAY 5TH (may already) GO SEE MY PALS’ POSTS ON THIS VERY SUBJECT:
Heather Trent Beers’ blog, I’M JUST SAYIN’:
Heather is my adorable friend who writes articles for magazines and periodicals, local and national, for kids and parents. She also writes charming picture books, as well as edits for cash money. We like to travel together under aliases. http://heathertrentbeers.blogspot.com/
Tessa Elwood’s blog, INK & ANGST:
Tessa is my cool friend who writes YA novels and designs websites and also is a photographer extraordinaire. This gal’s got her fingers in so many pies *CORN ALERT CORN ALERT* we call her Marie Callendar. She also lets me post on her blog sometimes. Is that a pal, or what? http://inkandangst.com/
Heather Ayris Burnell’s blog, FROLICKING THROUGH CYBERSPACE:
Heather is my cyberfriend. We met on Twitter and have yet to coordinate a meeting IRL. BUT I HAVE FAITH. She’s lives on a mountain and raises things–crops, critters and kids. And writes picture books, as well as a YA here and there. I love her madly, and am so curious to get together in person so I can hear her voice. I imagine it is smooth as a lamb’s ear and fresh as goat’s milk. http://frolickingthroughcyberspace.blogspot.com/
About Lisha CauthenLisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.
Posted on April 28, 2014, in writing and tagged by the grace of todd, heather trent beers, i'm just sayin', ink & angst, louise galveston, Manuscript, myworkprocess, tessa elwood, writing, YA. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on My Writing Process in a Shell of a Nut.
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