The Seven Things (About My Writing) Challenge

Recently, Ken Mooney and Lela Markham, two good author friends, tagged me in a fun and informal writing activity. The assignment: post seven things about your writing…

Only seven? Okay, okay. Write, then edit and revise, right?

*flexes fingers* Here we go!

Writing-Process-A-Blog-Hop

  • For the first time, I’m working on plotting a novel. For my first two published books, The Purple Morrow and Wolf’s Bane (and basically anything I have written until now), I wrote them based on what I felt the story needed as well as how the characters evolved. However, now that I am writing the last book of my trilogy, I decided to modify my usual method to make sure I hit all the essential story points. I’ll let you know if I survive.
  • I’ve been off my normal writing rampage in order to rest my elbow, which has been hit with tendonitis for the last few months. Not fun.
  • My kids like to write as well. I like to think they have been influenced by watching me. 🙂
  • I love to chat with readers and other authors, and I get really giddy when I find new messages and review requests in my inboxes.
  • Self-marketing and promotion are the biggest challenges for me. I just find them emotionally and mentally draining, not to mention time-consuming.
  • I’m thrilled to be surrounded by great author friends who include me in activities like this. When I started writing, it was a really lonely time. Now, it’s wonderful to know there are people I can turn to for ideas, information, contacts, writing activities and collaborations, and even a shoulder to cry on. Writing’s tough, man.
  • I enjoy blogging about writing almost as much as writing stories. I think it’s because I like communicating with readers in a voice closest to my natural one (i.e. without all the trappings affiliated with fiction writing). I feel like I’m still telling stories, just in a different, more conversational way.

Now, who to tag? Phil Partington, Katie Cross, Cairo Amani. You’re up!

 

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About Dyane

Dyane Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading and of words in general. Writing has been a life-long passion and she writes all types of things, from short stories, novels, flash fiction and poetry. Dyane writes to communicate, meaning that writing becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with people on a level deeper than intellect.
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12 Responses to The Seven Things (About My Writing) Challenge

  1. Cairo says:

    Totally doing it this week! “I think it’s because I like communicating with readers in a voice closest to my natural one (i.e. without all the trappings affiliated with fiction writing).”– I like that. I think that’s very telling of you 🙂

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  2. sknicholls says:

    Sorry about the elbow. I had frozen shoulder once and was in therapy for 12 weeks before the pain left me. Ouch! My first novel was panster styled, but I had to outline the little crime novel I wrote because things got complicated. That’s when I fell in love with Scrivener.

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    • Dyane says:

      Wow! That sounds intense! Glad the shoulder loosened up.
      I really hate to plan lol But I have no choice. I’m planning on doing it old school, story boarding with cue cards lol I’m a mechanical learner/problem solver like that, it seems 🙂

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  3. J. S. Bailey says:

    Your 6th point is true for me as well. When my first book came out, I had no idea that authors were supposed to network with people. I love how social media makes it so easy for like-minded people to connect! I’ve “met” so many wonderful writers and bloggers these past few years, and I love it. 🙂

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  4. jazzfeathers says:

    Hey, a friend did the same to me. I posted seven things about myself on my blog too 🙂

    I enjoyed reading the seven things about yourself. I feel like I know you a bit better. And you know? I love blogging too, nearly as much as writing… but not quite like 😉

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  5. Katie Cross says:

    I didn’t used to really have a “process” either, but now I’m figuring one out. Writing a series has opened my eyes to the importance of organization with stuff like this, so I’m trying to be more organized about it 🙂

    Not that it’s working, anyway.

    Loved reading about this, Dyane! Thanks for tagging me!

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