• My Writing Process

    Date: 2014.05.19 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:

    I was tagged by the fabulous Dana Edwards for this My Writing Process Blog Hop. If you don’t know Dana, why not? Dana writes books for kids and is one of my fellow writers at the Kidliterati blog. You can follow Dana on Twitter @DanaLEdwards.

    So, Dana thought you might be interested in how I write. Read on….

    What am I working on?

    I recently completed a Young Adult story (working title MEANT TO BE) about an American who goes to Israel to join the Israeli army and finds himself on the brink of war during Operation Pillar of Defense. The book weaves separate story lines together – the story of the soldier (and a pretty girl he meets) and the story of the family he left back home – to paint a picture of what military service means for a family. I hope to have revisions completed on the book before the end of the summer.

    I’m also working on a middle grade fantasy book titled ANOMALY which is like a kid’s version of the television show Fringe. I have a completed first draft, but my revisions are on hold until I finish revisions on the soldier book.

    How does my work differ from others of its genre?

    I write in two genres, Middle Grade (MG) and Young Adult (YA). In both genres I try to draw from personal experiences that are close to my heart and hope the emotions pour onto the page. My soldier story is loosely (very loosely) based on the experiences of my brother who joined the IDF and became a paratrooper. Yes, he jumped out of airplanes! It still boggles my mind that he did that! I’m quite sure my brother got sick of me asking questions about every tiny little detail about his experiences, but I found those tiny little details so fascinating. How loud was it when the air rushed into the plane’s cabin right before you jumped out of the plane? Was it hot? How heavy was the parachute? I couldn’t help my curiosity, but the more questions I asked, the more questions I had. Pretty soon, a story started forming.  So I started asking more questions. Then I found more soldiers to interview and I asked them a whole bunch of questions and they had even more fascinating experiences to share. I realized this was an important story to tell.

    Why do I write what I do?

    Because the voices that are so loud in my head won’t stop talking until I tell their stories.

    How does your writing process work?

    I know most of my fellow authors outline a story before they write their first word. I wish I could do that. I’ve tried outlining, but I’ve never been successful. My stories float around in my brain for a while until there is a critical mass and the words have no choice but to pour out. I think it’s because of NanoWriMo, but I’m used to writing in one big gush. I sit down and vomit the words. My characters are usually fully formed when I start writing. I know what the beginning of the story is, and I have a good idea of the ending. I let the characters guide the story arc as I type. Sometimes my characters surprise me. Surprise I want to throttle them because they’re not cooperating.

    So that’s a little glimpse into my writing universe.

    Now please join me in welcoming two amazing writers who will share their writing process with you on Monday 5/26.

    Shevi Arnold

    Shevi is a writer and illustrator of outrageously funny books for kids. You can find Shevi on Twitter @shevistories. If you’re looking for a good laugh you must check out her books available here


    Melinda Cordell

    Melinda is a writer of MG and YA books. She was one of my very first CPs and was nice enough not to tell me my writing sucked (because the stuff I shared with Melinda back then really sucked). Melinda can be found on Twitter @ rosefiend. She also has a bunch of chickens.