Writing Process

Writing Process Blog Tour

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Writing Process Blog Tour

We writers love talking process. So much so that the smart and perhaps a little evil (one of her next books is titled Evil Librarian) Michelle Knudsen and Paula Freedman put together a Writing Process Blog Tour. Whether you’re a fellow published author  or have yet to be published, this collection of blog posts offers tips of the trade, confessions on what makes a writer’s process unique and much, much, more. Last week’s writer spotlight was on the mysterious F. A. Michaels, where she shared about her process, writing multiple books at a time, and some funny facts about her new time travel romance. This week, I am in the hot seat, as is Donna Bowman Bratton.   What am I currently working on? Oh, this is a scary question. I usually love talking about what I am working on. I am not one of those writers that believe talking about a project steals energy away from it. Yes, I believe you shouldn’t share a project too soon, when someone’s reaction or questions may stop you from getting to the page, but once I begin, I have a trusted circle of writer friends with whom I routinely share pages. A small circle is not the interwebs…but here goes; I am flying without a net, just like the main character in my dark YA circus fantasy. Yep, you heard right. Me: Middle-grade realistic and historical writer and picture book author am working on a YA fantasy!  The plot is still developing; I am about 75 pages into the first draft and it is unlike anything I have ever written before. The main conflict is not only over who will control the fate of the Ibolya circus, but if Magik will be wiped from the land of Magya, as General Soros works to cleanse the land of all those with Magikal blood. Sixteen-year-old Ada Barbas, an acrobat and Ibolya’s premier act, is at the center of the struggle. As Soros develops a blood test to uncover who contains Magik or not, will her bond with Emil, the Joiner, who has miraculously moved to the ranks of a Talent, be severed forever? It’s the first time I am working in omniscience as well. Here is a small section, from the Teller’s point of view. The Teller held her breath as twenty feet away, a caped Barker and blanketed figure moved through the night. At first, because of the mention of drink, the Teller wondered if the Barker was leading another village girl to his wagon, but the blanketed figure was as tall as the Barker and had larger shoulders, like that of an ox. It had to be Emil, cloaked in a thick blanket to keep warm, as the Barker led him to Isten knows where. She had left her hand drawn cards in her wagon. Not thinking to bring her sacred pouch with her was foolish, and the Teller could not afford to be foolish. One palm resting on the rough bark of the tree, she moved the other to her heart. She bowed her head and prayed, “Show me where they go, if this knowledge need be mine.” With eyes closed, with no stars shining under her lids, Orion’s bow lit up the light of her inner eye and it pointed directly at the girl with the white hot heart, Ada. They were on their way to wake the daughter of the dead. The Teller pushed off from where she’d stopped, careful to place her wooden cane a few inches in front of her, and hurried herself along.   How...

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