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Pitch Wars pal, Tracie Martin, tagged me for the #MyWritingProcess blog hop a month ago. I’ve been in and out of town, so I haven’t been able to post anything until now. I’ve finally got some time to myself, so here it is! Better late than never, right?

What I’m working on

Sometimes it feels like I have too many things going on at the same time! I’ve been traveling off and on for the last six months, and my productivity has really suffered as a result.

I self-publish steamy romantic novellas under a different pen name, so a lot of the last two months have been spent working on those stories. Under Kai Jordan though, I’m querying my speculative fiction piece. It’s an 80,000 word manuscript set 150 years after a war destroyed the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s got a fair bit of romance, because I’m such a sucker for epic love stories. I also started doing a rough outline for a new contemporary romance project even though I still have an old one that needs to be rewritten. There are also a lot of other smaller projects that are still too new to make public.

How does my work differ from others in the genre

Aside from the fact that I’m the one who wrote it? I think my manuscript blends the best parts of two genres: science fiction and romance. It’s Divergent with more diversity. It’s J.J. Abrams with more twists. It’s The Last Airbender with more sex. I’m also heavily influenced by anime and video games, so there are elements of Sword Art Online and Mass Effect in there too.

Geez, do I sound like a braggart or what? O_o

Why do I write what I do

Writing keeps me sane. There’s so much noise in my life, and writing allows me to live from moment to moment, scene to scene. Writing also lets me work through the questions that stick in my mind when I see or hear things out in the real world that bother me: why we hurt each other, what makes us love, the lengths we go to be perceived a certain way.

I’m a big sucker for love stories and sad endings. I talk a bit about that in this post on endings, but I also want to add that sad stories seem more real to me than happy ones. A post-modern literature professor once told me that our lives are dictated by the things we lack: we’re hungry, we’re sleepy, we need to be loved, we need to be successful. We focus on moving on or getting back onto your feet but it’s the trauma that not only leaves you irreversibly changed but lets you see who you really are.

How does my writing process work?

A lot of coffee. A lot of music. I have playlists for different moods, and without intending to, I’ve mentally trained myself to get into writing mode when I plug in my ear phones. I follow a general outline but allow myself the freedom to deviate from it if the story needs it. After the third or fourth draft, every story I write looks quite different than the one I started with.

Who I’m tagging

I’m tagging Ramon Ballard, another #PitchWars buddy that I met through Twitter. Make sure you follow him @raballard. He has a great sense of humor (ask him about his comma factory), and I’ve enjoyed reading this tweets.

I’m also tagging the Aspiring Scribbler. I met her while randomly browsing through WordPress tags. Musings of an Aspiring Scribbler was one of the first blogs I followed when I started this website. Reading her reviews inspired me to start writing a few of my own.

Source: Image by Arielle Nadel (cc)

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