Beautiful People || Writing Process Edition

Beautiful People is technically about characters, but if ever there was a character in my novels...it would be me.  

This month's Beautiful People installment is all about the author + the individual writing process.  "Process."  It's such a cute notion.


how do you decide which project to work on?
I consult my horoscope, the collective horoscopes of my favourite authors, divide the equation by 12 (props if 12 is the only number in the formula), ruminate feverishly on my churning plots, ignore all responsibilities to other stories, & begin writing.

how long does it usually take you to finish a project?
It takes me a third as much time to write a project as it does to finish it, so whatever that number is (maybe 12?? no units mentioned), add it twice more & then ignore that number completely.  Et voila!
  
do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
I use the time-honoured process of tapping summer sunsets & processing the hues + atmospheres, mixed to perfection with the sounds of cicadas, the scent of mown grass, the cool buttery feel of a breeze, + an unspecified amount of cumulus clouds, english breakfast tea, warm bricks, candles, minimalism, + solitude.

at what time of day do you write best?
I do my best writing around 10:30-11:00 at night, when I'm nearly asleep & my brain is spinning the most wonderful pieces of prose...that I will forget completely.

are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
There is an amateur author that published a gob-stoppingly enormous work about three years ago; I've read over her work extensively & it bears some resemblance to mine.  I like my writing better, though.



why did you start writing, & why do you keep writing?
It's been too long since I started for me to know why I began.  For all I know, I was born writing.  Probably I looked at a bunch of blurry lens flares (my birth was a michael bay movie??), & my mother's face, & some truly pompous baby-babble prose began forming in my head.  I'm afraid it's a hopeless case; I doubt I'll stop now.  It's just me.

what’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
My Social Security number; I can never remember it & I'm always terrified that I've left it somewhere & it isn't on hand so I'll be forced to turn in incomplete paperwork for some doctor or some such.  #adultlife

I can't tell you which work has been the hardest for me.  They're all the hardest for me while I'm writing them.   Nobody knows how to write; it's just that some of us are in the habit of thinking stories, & some of us are more practiced at wrestling the idea into a story-format.  But it's always hard, ya know??



is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
let's see :: ethandune, lamblight, maresgate, cruxgang, ampersand, adamantine...

what writing goals did you make for 2017 & how are they going?
I have stayed on track with my determination to continue working on Ethandune & have not sidetracked to another novel, which I think takes a lot of maturity.

describe your writing process in three words 


"my process is thinking, thinking, + thinking - thinking about my stories for a long time"
hayao miyazaki

That's my writing process in all it's systematic glory. #relatable  Is there anyone else as dysfunctional about their writing as I am?? I can't be alone in a:: really, really loving to write, & b:: having a totally slapdash approach to the whole thing.


how do you decide which project to work on?
how long does it usually take you to finish a project?
do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
what time of day do you write best?
are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
why did you start writing, & why do you keep writing?
what’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
what writing goals did you make for 2017 & how are they going?
describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

as always, thanks for reading! cheerio!
xoxo. jenny

14 ripostes:

  1. JENNY WHERE DID ALL YOUR SARCASM GO
    THIS POST IS PRACTICALLY DEVOID
    I'M CONCERNED

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  2. This is the most astrologically soothing process I have ever read and shall henceforth make it my lodestar.

    [Fantastic post and that last answer is gold.]

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  3. The SS number! I know, right? I can remember it when I don't need it, but as soon as I need it, my mind completely blanks.

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  4. That Miyazaki quote is going down in my little notebook of quotes about writing. And I thought I was the only one...

    I have my library card number memorized, but as for Social Security...more than once I've been on the phone with the bank, hissing at somebody, "Psst! Go dig out my SS card for me, quick!"

    Also, I have had excellent ideas while drifting off to sleep, been too tired to get up and write them down, and literally prayed, "Please, Lord, let me still remember that phrase in the morning." :)

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  5. Mirriam - S E N D H E L P

    Arielle - I can't imagine God put the stars up there for no reason, so I might as well make use of them, right?? XD

    Caroline - n u m b e r s. I'm a writer. I don't do numbers.

    Elisabeth - Being in awe of Miyazaki's works is a chronic state of mine, but the drawback is that he has no hope + no Christ, so I meld the two together myself. <3

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  6. "n u m b e r s. I'm a writer. I don't do numbers."

    Assign each digit its corresponding A-J letter, and write a sentence where each successive word starts with that letter. Then the only thing you'll have to remember is whether you assigned 0 to A or J.

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  7. This post was so soothing with all the sarcasm, because ahm... I am a bit like that too?
    I love that quote you shared for Miyazaki. That's basically me as a writer in a nutshell. :')

    Also I love the little things that get you into a writing mindset like the smell of freshly cut grass, solitude, etc. Good ones.

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  8. Usually you inspire me to leave a creatively written comment, but I'm half asleep so we'll have to settle for me grinning like an idiot while I read each point and then writing an eloquent comment like,

    "Yep."

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  9. Your photos are so AESTHETIC AND BEAUTIFUL I SHALL JUST STARE APPRECIATIVELY NOW. Also I thought you said you needed 12 writing mops not props and I was about to be like "Ohh so that's what I need to write better." IN other news I need to buy a mop and also can't read.

    I LOVED YOUR ANSWERS!

    Also those titles for your upcoming books are beautiful.

    Thanks for joining in!

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  10. Cait - THE TWELVE MOPS, A CINDERELLA MURDER MYSTERY

    BOOM.

    MIC DROP.

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  11. My gosh Jenn - the sass in this post was perfect (also, it's been a while & I LOVE the aesthetic of your layout). I keep waiting for you to say you're nearly finished and planning to publish, because ever since I read Plenilune I feel as though I'll never be complete until I have more. But, I know how infernally hard it is to keep up with the ideas and more so to motivate oneself [[ugh]].
    <3 much love!

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  12. I know how infernally hard it is to keep up with the ideas and more so to motivate oneself


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