My Writing Process@Sotet_Angyal, on Facebook, one of her three blogs, The Road to Nowhere, Spreading the Writer’s Word, or her own writing blog, Sotet Angyal – The Dark Angel, and of course, on Pen of the Damned. Okay, now let’s get on with the meat of the post: My Writing Process. I was given the same four questions to answer and I’ll do my best to make the following answers somewhat readable, because in all honesty, I don’t really have a process, unless not having a process is my process then I do have a process. Dammit, see what I mean! Here goes nothing.
1. What am I currently working on? I’m currently working on completing a novel length thriller as well as several short stories for submission to multiple anthologies for the remainder of 2014. I have also been sitting on a deal that I haven’t said much about because we are still early in the stages, but I signed with Sirens Call Publications to work with them on a novel I wrote a couple of years ago, The Somnibus. I am extremely excited to work with the wonderful professionals at Sirens Call Publications to polish up the book and send it back into the world brighter and better than ever. I’m very confident in my choice to work with them on the project, and though I am remaining patient, I’m chomping at the bit to re-introduce the Somnibus, in all their malevolent glory, to the masses.
Very recently, just last week in fact, I signed with Visionary Press Collaborative to publish a short story about one man’s carnal obsession and the wicked road it leads him down. Look for that to be released this year as well.
I’m also a proud member of Pen of the Damned, a disturbingly talented group of writers who express their pain, intrigue, violence, and unique perspective on horror every Tuesday through a FREE short story offering. Do yourself a favor and stop by Pen of the Damned and read some of the refreshingly twisted offerings you’ll find there. There are ten active members who write on a rotating schedule in order to provide fresh stories each and every Tuesday for your reading pleasure…or displeasure, as it may be.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? This is an odd question to answer, and I’m not sure I can really provide a straight-forward explanation. I hope my writing provides the reader with enough description to help them form their own vision of the story within their head, while trying not to over-do the details and robbing them of that privilege. While I can appreciate and enjoy the precise, flowing prose of many writers, that isn’t my style. I’m more of a punch-you-in-the-face type of guy. But no matter how harsh or disturbing the content of my stories may be, I always like to sprinkle a little humor in there to help soothe the sting a bit. I find it helps readers recover a little and gets them to let down their guard so I can smack them again with a particularly intense scene. I enjoy reading that style myself, so I can only imagine others do as well.
3. Why do I write what I do? Just because. Really, that’s the only way for me to answer the question. Horror comes naturally to me and I truly enjoy it, which my wife finds a bit disturbing, but it’s who I am. I enjoy writing anything; it just so happens that my stories usually take a detour and end up in a dark, nasty place. I have quite a few stories in different genres that are in various stages. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll finish them and they’ll enjoy the sunlight, but for now, they’ll stay in the drawer and I’ll keep writing what the voices in my head tell me to write; the horror/thriller stuff I love so much.
4. How does my writing Process Work? Planner or pantser? I find I’m more of a pantser style writer. I do actually plan out portions of my pieces, but then they usually run off course and I end up letting them flow organically. Is it the most efficient way of going about things? Probably not, but I have a limited amount of writing time and I don’t want to waste it planning to write. I work a full-time job, I know most authors do, and have a beautiful family that I love to spend time with. I also train for endurance events which take up a large amount of my ‘free’ time, so when I have writing time, I just want to write. Sure, I’ll switch things up sometimes and put together a loose outline, but that’s just to get the ball rolling. Once the characters have a little air in their lungs, and they start to become constrained by the outline, I set them loose and they take control. It’s my job to guide them, not force them, to the end of the story.
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Now, I’d like to introduce three extremely talented authors. Do yourself a favor, stop by their blogs and check out their work as well. You won’t be disappointed!!
1. Dylan J. Morgan Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions. Described as an "addictive science fiction/horror hybrid", and one of their "favorite reads of 2014" by The Horror Bookshelf, his newest novel, a post apocalyptic story called The Dead Lands, will release in eBook format on August 1st. Website: www.dylanjmorgan.com Blog: DYLAN J. MORGAN Twitter: @dylanjmorgan
2. Magenta Nero Magenta Nero is a fiction writer, poet and artist. She loves to spin tales of dark fiction, her favourite genres are Gothic horror and erotica. Her work has been published in Sirens Call ezine #13 and #15, in the upcoming anthology Axes of Evil II, and on various blogs. She is a contributing writer to Pen Of The Damned. Magenta was born in Italy and currently lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her partner and two young daughters. Blog: Magenta Nero Twitter: @Magenta_Nero E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Abbie Foxton By day I am a head chef by night I am a renegade reviewer. My passion is indie and I love discovering new writers and highlighting their work on my blog. My tastes are eclectic: horror, philosophy, erotica, sci fi, biography. My background is in music journalism where I was a sub editor, writer and freelanced for over ten years. Eventually print media changed so I had to get a real job and that's when commercial cookery called. I dabble in my own creative writing through my blogs The Art Of Being Eaten, The Vanishing Room and The Mistress & Evangeline. They continue to evolve and you should see longer adventures from their magical life and many other stories and collaborations in the not too distant future. I am also dabbling in book narration, a new adventure which I love. E-mail: email@example.com Twitter: @thehungryfox Blog: AbbieFoxton.com