Friday, July 11, 2014

My Writing Process

Hello, writer friends! I hope you are having an amazing summer. Recently I was tagged by fellow SCBWI-IL writer, Beverly Patt, to write about my writing process. Beverly is the author of BEST FRIENDS FOREVER: A WWII SCRAPBOOK and HAVEN. Check out her post about the writing process HERE!
If you would like to write about your writing process, too, let me know in the comments and I will add your link at the end of my post!
This is how I roll, dawg. This is how I do!

1. What are you currently working on?

I currently have three projects going on. I’m preparing for my next picture book release next week (WORDS ON BIRDS). I recently revisited a middle grade novel that I started co-writing with someone and we got busy and dropped it for a few years. Having fun getting back to that -over halfway done!  And I am also revising a picture book I wrote in the spring.

2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?

My last couple of published projects (ROCKABET picture book and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PRINCESSES WEAR BLACK mg) differ as their themes are rock ‘n’ roll which is a different little niche in kids lit.

3. Why do you want to write?

Writing is a creative outlet for me. I have SO many ideas that I want to put out there. I feel so accomplished when I finish a chapter, my goal for the day, or when I see a book of mine on a bookshelf! Also, being a mom and educator, I want to promote literacy any way I can, and let people know that READING ROCKS!

4. How does your individual writing process work?

I actually do not have any regular writing process. I’m more of a pantser than a planner, but my next project I am going to try to plan more. J For picture books and poetry, I generally write in a notebook and erase, scratch out and revise as I write. Also, I enjoy being outside and it’s easier to write in a notebook instead of the laptop there! But in general, I write, revise, revise, revise, revise, and then revise like most writers!

And that is how I roll.
Don't forget to let me know if you want to join in on the fun!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

But you do the rock and roll niche so well!
Admire anyone who can work on more than one project at a time. I'd confuse myself.

DEZMOND said...

WORDS ON BIRDS LOL Love the title!

cleemckenzie said...

I like that you're flexible in your process. That makes sense to me because each book is different and should come to the page in it's special way! Happy Mai Tai or whatever, Kelly.

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay on the new book coming out! I'm a pantster as well - I've tried plotting but so far nothing really works that well for me :)

Kelly Polark said...

Alex - Yeah, it's hard to decide what to work on at times.
Dezz- It's catchy! :)
Lee - True. Each book is unique and then the process is unique!
Jemi - Thanks! I'm going to really try to plot next time but we will see what happens!!

Marcia said...

I think process can differ, too, depending on whether the character or plot idea or something else for a particular project comes first. I only work on one thing at a time, but then, I only write novels. I'm a former pure pantser who now does some plotting in advance. Larry Brooks's STORY ENGINEERING changed that for me. It's my favorite writing book.

Dawn Simon said...

Fun to hear about your process! I'm a plotter, though outlining is often my least favorite part. It just helps me a ton to have a map, you know? Of course my outline is fluid/flexible.

Such a cute summery pic of you! :)

Kelly Polark said...

Marcia- I've never heard of that book! I just bought SAve the Cat, but always looking for new books on writing!
Dawn- An outline does help. I guess I do have an general outline in my head when I start but I need to write it out and flesh it out more. And thank you! That pic is from my trip to Hawaii last month!