Writing Process Blog Tour

I’ve been tagged by good friend and Regency author Collette Cameron to participate in the My Writing Process blog tour.

Here are the questions and my answers:

1 – What am I working on? book 4x2

I am working on a Regency set romance with some paranormal elements. I have  completed the skeleton of an outline as a result of a plotting class I took recently. Since I am a pantser (which means I don’t do much plotting before I start), the class was a challenge for me. The end result was a roadmap for my story so I am  happy about getting further than I ever have as far as planning out a story.

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

I write traditional Regencies but the paranormal element makes it different. I don’t know yet that every book will contain paranormal elements but the paranormal is another topic that I am interested in and like to explore.

3 – Why do I write what I do?

I love history and the Regency period fascinates me. The Regency era was such a unique time. The Industrial Revolution taking place during this era had a significant economic and social impact on the lives of people. Daily life was affected in some way with the different inventions.

4 – How does your writing process work?

My process is still evolving. I am a pantser but I have been working on doing more plotting. I have taken several different classes to learn more about the plotting process. So far, the W Plot method has been the one that best matches the way I think.

I have plotted my book using the W Plot and have a general outline to follow while I am writing. I am certain however that it will change but having a plan of some sort is reassuring.

As I continue studying and learning I am certain more techniques will make it into my list of tools that I can use in my writing.


On March 17th, the following authors will be posting their writing process blog responses.

Kirstin Dansk is a historical romance author with a love for tortured heroes, troublemaking heroines and passionate twists on historical events. http://kirstindansk.com

Jess Russell is a multi-award winning romance writer, actress, artist and mom. Her Regency novel, The Dressmaker’s Duke will be available this summer. http://jessrussellromance.com

Terese Ramin lives in Michigan where she is an award-winning author, editor, mother, knitter, paranormal researcher, and animal rescuer. http://www.tereseramin.com

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2 thoughts on “Writing Process Blog Tour

  1. Good post, Cynthia. I am a pantser also–though I prefer to call it an “organic” writer. I’ve also tried various plotting methods and find it doesn’t work for me because I get to know my characters and then allow them to lead me in their journey. That being said, I do begin every book with knowledge of the inciting incident, the primary themes, the climax (black moment) and a basic concept of how the hero/heroine comes to resolution at the end.

    I’m excited for your books to come out.

    • Maggie, I like “organic” writer over the word pantser. It does seem getting to know your characters is key.

      I’ve written myself into corners and have a few abandoned projects as a result. I didn’t want to repeat the pattern with my current WIP and began my search for a plotting method that works for me.

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