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As a writer, I am also an avid reader. This is true for most every writer honestly. Two basic tips every writer gets about becoming a writer is: Write a lot, and read a lot. That tends to be where you start to figure out how to write, and what makes good writing. I’ve become rather picky as a reader, because I can’t stand poor writing. We learn to mimic and then develop our own writing styles from our various adventures into books.

Here are some of the writers that have shaped me, or are currently still teaching me a thing or two:

1.) J.K. Rowling

Where do I even begin? I can easily say this – I will never forget when I was a kid, and my mom and I were reading the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (we took turns reading the book to each other), and how excited it made me. Especially that showdown in the Chamber itself. Whoa, buddy. I couldn’t sleep because I was so into it, and I remember being desperate for the next book. That’s a damn good writer, in my opinion, to stick with a kid like that. I was like eight or nine when I read that book. And while I read all the time, I know that was my first experience where I was deeply affected by what I just read.

But aside from my childhood adoration, Rowling is a damn good creator of worlds. And not just that – she beautifully stitched her world into our world, in such a way that I still want to believe. Enough for seven books – not counting the extras like Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, etc – as well as eight movies, plus the now TWO theme parks… That’s a pretty powerful world, rich with details and developed perfectly.Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets_(US_cover)

2.) Stephanie Kuehnert

If you haven’t read “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” or “Ballads of Suburbia“, go and do it right now. Well, maybe not read them at this exact second. But locate them. Buy them or borrow them or whatever it is you need to do to get your hands on these books. Then, you can fully appreciate how much I adore her writing. Her books feel real and raw, and less like fiction than reading a memoir or even recalling your own past. She has an eloquent way of writing, with idiomatic dialogue and descriptions.

Just trust me. I’ve never recommended these books to anyone who hasn’t loved them.

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3.) Cassandra Clare

Another weaver-of-worlds to admire, Cassandra Clare has beautifully connected her Shadowhunter worlds in The Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices, not to mention the Bane Chronicles and the not yet released Dark Artifices (which ties in nicely with the rest in the final Mortal Instruments book, City of Heavenly Fire.) And that’s something I greatly admire. Some writers couldn’t handle having a multiple series universe, let alone trying to occasionally allow those characters to interact or the decisions in one book series have a reaction with an entirely different series. That’s pretty awesome to me.

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4.) A.S. King

Now here is a writer I truly envy, because her writing is amazing. Like, seriously. One of the most powerful scenes I’ve ever read was in her book “Please Ignore Vera Dietz” – there is a scene involving her father that struck home with me so hard, I had to close the book a moment just to breathe. But beyond that, there is something so beautiful and different about her style that I adore, and her characters are so strong, even when they’re weak. They’re real and developed and I love them. I’d recommend her books if you’re a writer looking to read something great to influence your style, or even if you’re just a reader looking for something new to love.

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Now, there are several other writers I could add to this, and I probably will do another round before long (seriously, how can I discuss writers I admire and NOT mention Stephen King, Joe Hill, or Jack London?), but for now this list is a good representation.

Stay tuned for more wonderful and super-dee-duper exciting updates on health, writing, and more.

~Angel

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I’ve been invited to participate in a blog tour about the writing process. It was started by Maya Rock www.maya-rock.com. I was invited fellow writer and Facebook friend, Megan Bostic http://meganbostic.blogspot.com

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1) What am I working on?

Oh, you know. Everything. Anything. Nothing.

Honestly, I’ve been splitting my time between edits on the book I’d like to query – let’s nickname it BM, shall we? – as well as two in-progress stories, one of which isn’t much more than an idea still being fleshed out. I normally prefer to actively work on one at a time, but with my Sjogren’s brain, I can only do so much. It’s all over the place, I’m all over the place. It’s a mess in here. *taps forehead*

I’ve also been trying to have more practice at writing in general, specifically trying to get out of my fictional comfort zone. I took a class last semester called “Creative Nonfiction” which I honestly thought would become my breaking point to make me realize I’m a joke of a writer and should give up while I’m ahead. Turns out, I was wrong, and did fairly well in the class. I ended up passing with Honors, my extra Honors project being paper over Sjogren’s Syndrome and my journey with it. My instructor loved it. I was amazed I made it. But it really gave me a much needed boost. I thrive in classes like that, even when I’m doubting myself.

So, to gain more practice, I’ve been writing for various things. There was, of course, interviews and reviews for A Thousand Lives Reviews. But I haven’t been able to log into that blog for some time now, and that’s a bit disappointing. I’ve also been a Staff Writer for Ax Wound, which is a giant honor to me, and I’m proud of my work there.

And, oddly, if I could get around to having more time for it… I think I’d love getting back into FanFiction.

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

This is a weird question to me. Obviously I think it stands out because, well… It’s MINE. My work, my voice, my way of perceiving and regurgitating this grand adventure we call Life. Was that a bit much? Oh well. The point is, what I really see as the difference is that it’s my way of doing things, my voice shouting into the void.

3)Why do I write what I do?

I write what I do because that’s what I like to read about. Mostly, it’s just because some idea pops up in my skull one day, and off I go scribbling things down until there is something worth fleshing out. Sometimes it’s a thought, or an image, or just something playing out in my head like a memory. I write what I do because it’s just what the Muse is throwing at me. She pokes and prods at my brain until I give in and give her what she wants.

But mostly, I write because there is something within me that needs to come out, and so I release it back out into the world with words or paint or photos until I can think clearly again. That’s why I write what I do. That’s why I spent a lot of time writing strictly horror – because I had a festering darkness that needed to come out. Now I just want to prance around La-La Land. And that’s just fine.

4)How does your writing process work?

Oh, you know:

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Actually, in all reality, my writing process is simple. I just sit down and let the words come. I’d like to say I have that stereotyped image of me sitting in Starbucks with my laptop, sipping on some coffee and hammering out a bestseller. But that’s not how it works for me because a) I hate coffee, and b) I’m not a Café Writer. Writing is a very solo experience to me. I like to be alone with my headphones on. Usually I write at my desk or at the dining room table. Occasionally, I sit outside on really nice days, especially if I’m working on something that has to do with my characters being outside. I’ve also been known to write at specific tables outside of the college between classes, as well as in the library at one of the private cubicle things.

Wherever I am, I let the words come. If it’s a specific project, I read over where I left off, maybe glance through notes etc. If I’m just free writing for the sake of getting an idea or scene out, I just let whatever needs to be written down come out. I typically work off of paper initially, or at least for a good portion of whatever I’m working on. It’s not too common that I write everything out on a computer. Not that I don’t like to, I just enjoy handwriting everything first for whatever odd reason. I have notebooks upon notebooks of work.

Which leads me to this: I’m a Notebook Writer (there are various types of writers in my mind), which essentially means I carry a notebook everywhere at all times, or at least make sure I have a pen. For example, the instance of being so inspired in New Orleans, I was scribbling thoughts on top of a pizza box as I walked down Royal street. Wherever I travel, I take a notebook of some form with me. I keep a notebook in my purse at all times, to fill with quotes or dialogue or ideas or whatever I need to jot down.

But it’s all part of my process as a writer. Mainly, I’m a slave to the ideas and the muse. I’m also a big fan of music while I write. I especially like making soundtracks based off of music that I feel matches the overall theme or even some specific scenes for whatever I’m writing.

 

So, there you have it – My Writing Process. Now, here’s where I’m SUPPOSED to tag someone else. I tagged my friend Alesha, but I don’t know that she’ll have time to post one… so, we shall see. Otherwise, I’m a partial failure. 😀

~Angel

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