Writing Process Blog Hop

Dear Friends and Readers,

So the other day I was checking my Twitter DMs and saw a message from @Jdstirling451 over at JDSFiction. I was all like, “Hey, I know that dude! He’s pretty cool.” So I open the DM, right? What did win? Oh just an invite to a blog hop! Say what?! Now, I’ve heard of these, and hopping blogs sure does sound like fun. So I says to him, I says, “Joe, count me in.” And here we are!

I’ll answer the following questions, because them’s the rules.

1)    What am I working on?
Oh dear God, where do I even begin? I work on blog posts as they spring to mind. I’m open for submissions to my new Featured Flash. I also hold competitions at WritersCafe.org. Four winners receive honest, constructive reviews and one gets their time to shine on a predetermined Featured Flash Monday.

My writing soul mate and I are working together on various short stories. I have two, possibly three, novels in the works. I keep finding out about so many different ways to put content out there, but WordPress remains my favorite. Something about those blue bars is addictive. I’ve been at this writing business for almost a year now. I’m still learning, and loving every minute of it.

The short answer, I’m working on becoming a better writer.

2)    How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My perspective on life in general is what makes my work different from the work of others. I would imagine anyone would say the same, though, really. If you think about it, that makes sense. 50 people can all have the same prompt, adhere to the same restrictions, even constraining themselves to a specific genre, and still come out with 50 different stories. That’s what makes anyone’s story unlike any other in it’s genre. This should be common knowledge among experienced editors/publishers/literary agents. Seriously, has no one realized this yet?

3)    Why do I write what I do?
The only reason I write anything is because I enjoy it. If I go a day without writing, I get depressed. When I get depressed, it’s hard to write. Thus begins a vicious cycle that can only be broken by writing. Hmmm, I’ve always said I write because I want to. But you know what? That’s not totally accurate. I write because I need to.

4)    How does your writing process work?
My process is different for nearly every project. Taking the advice of another writing buddy, Ryan Williamson, I’m currently using the snowflake method on a short story that will tie into (or become part of) one of my novels. I’m loving it so far. Maybe I’ve found my process, maybe the next project will be different. Either way, I think people put too much pressure on themselves to develop a tried and true process that simply must work for them every freaking time. Just write.

That’s it for me folks. Hop on over to the blogs below. They’ll share a similar post next Monday, but there’s plenty of great stuff just waiting to be read in the meantime. Check it out!

– Jess

Drew Chial is an author, screenwriter, graphic artist, aspiring voice actor, and a musician living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He writes short stories that he bills as Twilight Zone fan fiction. His self-published horror novella Terms and Conditions is available for free on his website as an e-reader file and an audiobook. Connect with Drew on Facebook.

Karen Oberlaender is an IT nerd who started reading at the age of five and never stopped. She was born in Nuremberg (Germany), is living and working in Erlangen. Married to a very supportive and caring (world’s best) husband, they share their flat with two cats, and have a grown daughter living close by. She is a multilingual, studied and mastered translator for economic sciences, as well as a technical author. Karen is a confessed book and coffee addict who supports human and animal rights. She practised natural horsemanship for quite a while. Ideally she spends lots of time in Ireland, gathering ideas for her short stories, featured at her blog inasmallcompass, which also features reblogged stories by Jess West, and her blog mytrainofthoughtson features book reviews, her ’10 Statements’ columns, interviews, and miscellaneous stuff. She is in the process of writing a novel to be completed in 2015, and planning another.

6 thoughts on “Writing Process Blog Hop

  1. I’d never heard of blog hopping til just now! How does it work? I’m curious. (I guess I should be able to work it out but…it’s getting late is my excuse!) I like the ‘snowflake’ idea. I’m writing a short story right now where I believe there is enough scope for a novel so I think that’s a great place to come at novel writing from.

    Great to hear another perspective on the writing process. 🙂


    1. I’d heard of blog hopping before, too, but this is the first time I participate. For this one, I was to acknowledge the person who invited me and invite three new people to do the next “hop”. I answered the same 4 questions as everyone else, posted mine today, a week after the person who invited me. The people I invited are up for next week’s post. 🙂


  2. What an interesting post. I would have gotten round to it eventually, but thank you Karen also for bringing it to my a little bit sooner…


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