Friday, March 21, 2014

My Writing Process + Giveaway Winner

I was tagged by my CP, Kimberly G. Giarratano, in the My Writing Process blog hop. But real quick, before we get to that, the winner of the Holy Smokes card giveaway is......Liz Blocker! Congrats!  Plz email me your address at leandrawallaceatgmail.com and I'll get it right out. Now back to the hop! 


1. What am I working on?

A YA dystopian(I know, what am I thinking, right?) that's been up on my WIP tab for awhile. Time to get rockin' on this baby. I'm a little over halfway to being half done w/it. And anybody have to read that sentence twice? I did! Here's my inspiration board for Chain Gang:
{The hand writing, starting in the left-hand corner & making your way clockwise is: I stretch for her hand- too late. "You're lithe and lean and I'll make it so the chains are your second home." "No co nghia la trai tim." The anger spikes, a red hot flare of lava rising in my core.}
 
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Wee-eell... Since it's dystopian, I'd have to say that it differs b/c the focus isn't so much on how the outside world has changed. The focus is more on a captive girl and the surroundings in which she's now forced to live in(a giant skyscraper doing death-defying tricks). So in a nutshell, the dystopian setting isn't a main character so to speak. It's more like on the edges, waving at you from the sidelines. And holding a sign that says- "Hi, Mom! I'm in the big city!" Or something like that... 

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write what I love reading, and that's YA(and maybe MG one day- though it's such a fav genre of mine, that I'm afraid I'll give it an attempt... and crash and burn miserably). 

4. How does my writing process work?

Night after night of making myself put in the work. Some nights are easier than others- lets compare it to the joy of eating cotton candy to the blah of eating plain 'ol steamed asparagus. I usually take breaks on the weekends, but other than that I try and fit in anywhere from a half-hour to an hour of writing the rest of the time. Though in all honesty, I've not been doing too good at that lately either. Bad me! Oh, and I am a hybrid pantster/outliner. I pants it until I get stuck, and then I jot down a loose outline.
 
To continue the My Writing Process blog hop next week, I'm nominating the lovely Carol Anne Shaw(check out her blog header, it's so cozy). And as for you, dear readers, feel free to answer any of the questions above. I always love getting to hear what others are working on. Tam biet! (which is Vietnamese for goodbye!)

32 comments:

  1. Leandra,

    Do you read the blog Writer Unboxed? If so, ignore this. If not, here is a link to a post written there regarding Plotting Vs. Pantsing: http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/13/what-both-pantsing-and-plotting-miss-the-real-story/ It blew me away. I think that I tend to plot vs. pants, but what this writer says is absolutely true. I don't want to give it away by trying to summarize what I think she said.

    Anyway, I love YA Dystopian, so I look forward to reading this one. I like your premise.

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    1. Thanks for the link, Robin, I'll definitely check it out!

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  2. It sounds interesting to me! And I still think there's a market for dystopian, especially if it's not a huge 'character' as you're saying. Good luck with it!

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    1. Thanks, Tiana! I'd really like to finish it in the next two months, if possible. It'll be a challenge!

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  3. "I pants it until I get stuck, and then I jot down a lose outline." I resonate with that, but you are far more organized than I am. (And that is awesome). Really the only planning tool I use is music. If it inspires a scene, it goes on the playlist (despite not being able to write while music is playing).

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    1. Ha, ha! I read this wrong at first and thought you said 'the only planning tool I use is magic.' And I was like- that's awesome! =D

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  4. I'm a huge fan of idea boards and mood boards! I also use Scrivener's tools to help me so I can take my idea boards with me on the go. I try to write in the evenings also, and I agree, some nights are easier than others. :) Keep writing! The story certainly sounds intriguing! =^

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    1. Thanks, Anna! I use Pinterest's secret boards for my virtual inspiration boards. I don't want them to be public and all the people who don't know I write think I'm completely crazy...lol!

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  5. I'm finding I'm a pantser who needs to stop and be a plotter when the pantsing stops working. :). Sounds like a cool premise.

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    1. Whatever it takes to get the words on the page, right? =) And thanks!

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  6. hybrid pantser/outliner haha i love it. I'm a pantser through and through and it truly stinks. No order till about 3 months into the MS. Makes my head hurt at times, especially when revising!

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    1. I know revision is where the magic happens, but wouldn't it be nice to just get it all completely right the first time? One can dream... ;)

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  7. Oooh, I so want to read more! Your board is amazing, too :) I also think I need to take a page out of your book and get better at a bit of writing every day!

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    1. Well, to be honest, my writing every day has been like a sentence, so I'm creeping along. But I guess any progress is better than no progress, huh? =)

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  8. Your dystopian sounds really interesting! And I know how you feel about MG! I'm the same way. I love it so much, but I've struggled with getting the voice just right.

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    1. Yes, it seems like every MG book I pick up has this magical voice that either makes me laugh or cry. Not sure if I can do as good as that! But I will certainly try. =)

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  9. Attempt that MG novel. You'll be awesome at it! No fear.

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    1. Aw, thanks! I do have an idea, involving a boy and his dad and a food truck. And possibly a ferret. =)

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  10. That's a very neat corkboard! I know Justina Chen Headley makes these lovely collages prior to the start of a new project. It helps her to bring the story into focus.

    I let my mind wander a lot ... but I try to bring some order into all of that. Usually the first question is why in the world am I writing this? Funny thing is that I don't really know until about the 2nd or 3rd draft. I wish the whole process were faster.

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    1. A wandering mind can come up w/a whole lot! And amen to the faster process... =)

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  11. I love the inspiration board! May have to steal that idea...

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  12. Putting in the work is something I've not being doing enough of lately. I'd better get back to it.

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    1. Same here! Noses to the grind, Patsy. =)

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  13. Congratulations to the winner! You have a great process. All the best!

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  14. I love the board! & especially this: she's now forced to live in(a giant skyscraper doing death-defying tricks)... ooh, is that another lovely eye there down at the bottom????

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    1. Thanks! And, yes, it is- all glittered up. Glitter makes everything more awesome. =D

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  15. Great idea board. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Wish I had room for an inspiration board! Your WIP sounds very interesting. Love your optimistic spin: half way to half done =) Wishing you all the best with it!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! In reality, I'm more of a half glass empty instead of a glass half full type of girl, but realizing this about myself, I try to make myself BE the glass half full type of person. It's much more healthy to try and think good thoughts, right? =)

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