My writing process

The standard Acme writing kit, Model 2A. Model 2B comes with cheap gin and Lucky Strikes.

The standard Acme writing kit, Model 2A. Model 2B comes with cheap gin and Lucky Strikes.

Lucky you — this week you get two posts from me instead of one. Today I’m participating in the My Writing Process blog tour. I was tagged by YA and NA writer Jen McConnel. Thanks, Jen!

The My Writing Process blog tour works like this: I have four questions I must answer about my writing process, then I nominate two or three blogger/authors to join the tour. They will answer the same four questions one week later.

So without any further ado:

1. What am I working on?

Right now I’m revising my contemporary YA fantasy WIP. It’s about a runaway whose sister wants to sacrifice him to bring back the soul of their dead mother. Cheery, right? I’m also laying the groundwork for my next project, which I’m not quite ready to talk about yet.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’m obsessed with a particular crack between publishing categories: the 13-year-old. These readers are too old for middle grade books and too young for the vast majority of YA — if not because of reading level, then for the content. My goal is to write something that’s challenging enough for a strong MG reader, but without all the IV drug use in YA fiction. You think I’m kidding.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I’ve written poetry, fiction, nonfiction, tech manuals, you name it. I keep coming back to children’s literature because it feels like home. You know how at the neighborhood party all the kids end up outside or in the garage? I’d rather be there than with the grownups.

4. How does my writing process work?

I’m a dedicated outliner. After trying to pants it one too many times and getting bogged down in never-to-be-finished novels, I finally got one done after forcing myself to outline. What keeps me with it is the fact that I have to squeeze writing into odd times of the day, sometimes with little advance notice. If I know what I’m supposed to be working on, it’s easy to just get started again.

So all that remains is to tag more writers:

Cornelia Oancea is a Romanian-born, New Jersey-raised and North-Carolina-settled writer of fiction — both short and long — and nonfiction. Her fiction has appeared in MUSED: BellaOnline Literary Review and Asbury Pulp.

Matthew Peters is the author of the forthcoming novels Conversation Among Ruins and The Brothers’ Keepers.

I hope you enjoy reading their blogs as much as I do! Look for their answers to these questions on or around May 16.


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