Why I Write!

My wonderful friend, writing buddy and colleague at the http://www.writerscentre.com.au Al Tait, http://www.allisontait.com/  has tagged me in this meme about Why I Write.

First up, I feel I’m here under false pretenses because she wrote I was a ‘fabulous author who blogs’.

Hmm. Allison should have added ‘<em>sporadically, haphazardly, rarely…’ You get the picture. BUT because I have been handed this opportunity to show my naked, vulnerable side, I’ll give it my bestest shot.

Why do I write?

The simple answer is because writing keeps the demons at bay.
That sounds a bit dramatic, but truly, I’m a hell of a lot less wound up when I am writing. Don’t get me wrong. I find writing incredibly difficult sometimes. There are days, weeks and months when I feel that every word I write is banal crap. There are times when I want to give up completely but I don’t because I know if I didn’t write, I’d probably go insane.

Then there are days when my writing flows…even if it’s only in my mind. These days are joyful. More than anything, I feel relieved.
Writing is my escape, my outlet, my sanity. Plus, I choose to believe my imaginary friends really like me…

What am I working on?

Right now, I am 70,000 words into a first draft…I like it but have stalled not knowing what conflict, disaster and humiliation to heap next upon my hapless characters.

In addition, I have a manuscript, tentatively called Starting Over, with Allen & Unwin undergoing a copy edit.

And another one, Sabrina’s Second Shot which is at the proofreading stage.
These two titles have been a long time coming!

How does my writing differ to others of its genre?

Goodness…because mine’s funnier, more poignant?
I don’t know. I guess I’d have to say my writing differs from others in my genre because of my voice. Every writing voice is unique. There’s only one of me and my voice will either resonate with you or it won’t. I can only be me. My writing is me. Different facets of me.

How does my writing process work?

Ah, well in the world of writing there are plotters and there are pantsers.
Plotters plan their story and have a fair idea where their characters are heading. They most certainly know how their story ends.

I am a pantser and as the title implies ‘I fly by the seat of my pants’. Basically, I have no idea where my story is going, or even what my characters are going to do in the next scene.
It makes for a lot of wasting time and hence probably why my current manuscript is only three quarters done.

But I can’t do it any other way. I have tried plotting but am too impatient. I get bored. If I already know how the story ends, I feel like I’m done and lose interest.

So, my writing process? I start with a vague idea or a first sentence and take it from there. I write, procrastinate, have a cup of tea, write, check Facebook, twitter and email, write, nap, procrastinate, eat, phone friends, complain that I’m not writing enough, procrastinate…

And there you have it. Now, I’m handing it over to four awesome writers who also blog:

Kate Gordon: http://www.kategordon.com.au/blog

Rebecca James: http://rebeccajameslollygag.blogspot.com.au/

Nicola Moriarty: http://nicolamoriarty.com.au/

Benison O’Reilly: http://www.benisonanneoreilly.com/blog

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