Beka Chace (http://www.rebeccachace.com/the-beka-blog/) asked me to participate in the "Writing Process Blog Tour" that is currently going around like a late spring flu.
What are you working on?
I don't know. Some stories. Trying to figure out which of the longer projects I'm considering I can actually imagine devoting the next few years to. Revising my book.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I don't know that it does. I'm less interested in doing things that no one else has done before than I am in doing things that I haven't done before.
Why do you write what you do?
I don't know. I write things that are interesting to me to write. There's no point in being bored. As for subject matter, I develop ideas that intrigue me right on the surface, without any consideration of deeper resonances. I'm always surprised by the way my own preoccupations manage to make themselves at home in my work.
How does your writing process work?
I don't know. Depends on what I'm writing. Each project seems to require its own specific approach, to become unexpectedly difficult at different stages. I also go through periods when it seems easy and natural to work on two or three different things at the same time, and other times when I can barely focus on one project. Mostly I find that habit is important. Staying close to the desk. If not actually working, then taking notes, rereading work in progress, writing letters -- anything but clicking on that link, watching that video, commenting on that Facebook post. Eventually you hit a groove. Or not.
I'm now supposed to nominate three others to continue the chain of Writing Process blog posts. I haven't actually gotten around to asking anyone yet, but I promise I will VERY SOON.