Last week, Vidya Sury tagged me in her post On Writing
For me, the entire writing experience begins with words!
I LOVE words ! Words have feel… sound… nuance… texture…
I love the many facets of words ~ the push and pull… the ebb and flow… the literal and figurative… the foreign and familiar… clarity and ambiguity… evocative and provocative… I could go on and on…
Words have a life of their own! They can elevate you to dizzy heights and then drop you to the depths of despair. Such is the power of words!
Reading is also important. I was a reader LONG before I became a writer… and the two belong together. I've been wondering about the inextricable link between writing and reading. In the art of reading and writing is it:
a) the only people who read anymore, are writers… OR
b) today's readers are the undiscovered writers of tomorrow…
What are your thoughts on this?
Now on to the questions:
What am I working on/writing?
For this blog hop, I'm going to focus on flash fiction. I'm busy with a collection of 26 musically-inspired pieces/vignettes, posted during the 2012 A to Z Challenge
How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?
I'm not too sure. Maybe those of you who are familiar with my writing can tell me in the comments below…?
Why do I write what I do?
For those of you who have NEVER attenpted flash fiction before – you have NO IDEA what you're missing out on!! It's loads of fun!
It's literary bungee jumping/ scuba diving (not that I've bungeed or had the deep sea diving experience…)
…an exciting, heady, addictive, adrenalin-pumping experience… for sure!
I think the perfect answer is best expressed in flash fiction form… And if you are a COFFEE LOVER (most writers are), then you'll identify even more…
"Imagine you are sipping coffee. Not cappucino. None of that froth. No flat whites: flatness is banned. This is espresso. In a teeny cup. All that flavour, darkness, fizz and jolt, smooth notes, a full scale — no less, no more. Finish your coffee. Put down the teeny cup. Sit and wonder. Sit and feel how you are altered. Stand up. Go on with your day."
-Tania Hershman (UK)
How does my writing process work?
These flash pieces have been inspired by prompts. I enjoy word prompts/photo prompts. First - read the prompt for the day. Second – allow my imagination to go off at a tangent, as I consider the connotation of the word.
I'll use an example from the five-sentence fiction pieces. The word prompt – ORANGE. Sometimes a picture accompanies the word… sometimes not. If there's no picture/photo, I sometimes look around for one, to enhance the entire process.
I toy around with all the words that come to mind – fruit, sunset colour, squishy and juicy, citrus family, sweetish acidic juice, lying between red and yellow on the colour spectrum, orange plants, aloes, etc. By the process of elimination, I try to get rid of all the ones that sound boring. This initial exercise gets the creative juices going. Then I turn to the unusual ways of using the word. Instead of using the normal 'fruit association', what about orange-ish coloured hair? I let that idea simmer for a day or so. I imagine that a person with orange hair would be bold/daring/risk-taker… more of an extrovert. I let the ideas simmer further…
As the piece begins to develop/unfold in my mind I try to make it exciting by incorporating the following:
~~ Sentence variation. This depends on the prompt and is also guided by my mood. It can range from five long sentences in one piece; or five short sentences in one piece; or long and short combined. I've discovered that use of a one-word, two-word or three-word sentence really packs a punch.
~~ I strive for a specific mood/tone in the piece.
~~ Use of the senses. At least one or two…
The topic of varying your sentence lengths was discussed in my previous post HERE
So the final product would look something like this:
The six-month-long search reached its finale.
Ten candidates strutted their stuff, with styles that ranged from downright ridiculous to over-the-top.
A little-known, pixie-faced girl, sported a riotous bulk of waist-length wild hair, interlaced with frizzy orange curls, like aloes in desperate need of attention.
Unknowingly, a trendsetter-in-the-making, blazing a new trail, leading the way on an unknown journey, taking the fledgling company to greater heights.
So there you have it! That's my writing process. What's yours? Have you written any flash fiction? Did you enjoy writing it?
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I now have the privilege of tagging three lovely ladies, inviting them to talk about why they write and their writing process. Here’s what they will do:
Answer the four questions on their blog next week June 17/18 and then tag three writers/bloggers of their choice, to answer these questions on writing, on their own blogs the following week. (Because this bloghop has been doing the rounds for a long, long time, there may not be any bloggers left to tag)
The questions are:
1. What am I working on/writing?
2. How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?
3. Why do I write what I do?
4. How does my writing process work?
The blogger buddies I am tagging are -
Trisha Farnan of Word + Stuff
Trisha was born in 1980 (everyone can do their own maths there) in England, not far from the border with Scotland. Her parents are New Zealanders but they all live in Western Australia now. She has a brother who lives in Canada.
Trisha loves to travel to far-away exotic climes, but she always loves to come home. Cats are her favourite animal, and she tends to talk to them a lot. She also talks to inanimate objects. She is an animal lover in general, and greatly admires ants' ability to carry burdens MUCH heavier than themselves. Other loves of Trisha's include the Smashing Pumpkins, wine and Bailey's, Asian food, and thunderstorms.
Trisha writes songs, plays guitar, and sings. Her band's debut album was released in 2013.
Jen Chandler of The Cup And Page
Jen Chandler has been writing since she was first able to clasp her grubby little hands around a pencil. Jen chisels words out of thin air on a dialy basis, hoping soon they will fall into some semblance of pattern and produce a novel. She’s tried her hand at many different genres but calls fantasy and magical realism home.
When she’s not writing, Jen can be found reading, gardening, drinking copious amounts of tea, sewing, drawing and singing ridiculous songs to her cat. Her favorite sport is falling down rabbit holes and she has been known to see dragons in the vegetable garden. Jen blogs at The Cup and Page and ensures that there are gluten-free brownies for all who wander by for a visit.
Marie Abanga of Marie Abanga
l have 3 boys for now and they are my musketeers. I have a gentleman in my life right now but it was not always the case. I have a good job now but I do not intend to stop at that no, I am working myself towards leaving a mark on this earth when I depart. My principles are D, D and D- Determination, Discipline and Dedication! Life has not always been easy, it still is not. The truth now is, I am much more tougher than I was years ago and so all the more ready to live courageously and fiercely till the end. I am hungry, I am brave, I am not giving up and it ain´t over until I win or die.
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By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.