Posted by: Elizabeth Anne Mitchell | June 9, 2014

My Writing Process

The lovely and supportive writer S.J. Maylee tagged me in a writing process blog hop.  I have four questions to answer, so let’s get started!

What am I working on?

My day job involves a fair amount of writing, but I won’t go into that.  The work closest to my heart is a novel set in 14th century France about the struggles of a young widow who runs a publishing concern.

A few days ago, I set this novel aside because I am so dissatisfied with my fiction writing. I have a novella simmering about a British WWII war bride, but I’m having trouble breathing her in right now.  I have therefore returned to a memoir I started writing as a NaNo rebel last November, but shelved in December.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My narrative non-fiction is more poetic or evocative than most, since I am allowed some of the little darlings that are edited out of fiction when they do not advance the plot or character arc.

My historical fiction is heavier on history, and tends more toward literary fiction, than that which leans to historical romance.

Why do I write what I do?

What else am I going to do with my graduate degrees in medieval literature? Seriously, I enjoy exploring the lives of strong women in a culture that was legally and socially set against them.

How does my writing process work?

I’m a plotter, although I often have characters who decide to take over, so I leave some flexibility in the outline.

I’m also an inveterate editor, so it’s hard to chain my infernal internal editor in the closet to let me write.  I often write a zero draft, then run through it, editing lightly as well as expanding and contracting where needed.  Then come the substantive edits.

In other words, lots of wash, rinse, repeat.

Thank you, S.J., for tagging me.  Who wants to carry on the torch?  If you want to post these questions and answers, let me know, and I’ll be happy to link to you.

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Responses

  1. I enjoy exploring the lives of strong women in a culture that was legally and socially set against them. <- that is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing your process and good luck with your rebel NaNo project. I have one of those too. 🙂

    • Thank you, S.J. It’s always good to meet another rebel! I appreciate your tagging me; I felt I had nothing to say until I started writing about it.

  2. Oooh, I’d love to study medieval literature. Fascinating. Loved your responses!

    • Tia, I fell in love with medieval literature sophomore year in college. One of my French professors called it “the starry night” of French literature, because life was so difficult, but the literature was so beautiful. So, I only got to teach it for a few years, but I’ve spent the last 4 decades studying medieval literature, and I still love it.

      I’m glad you liked the responses. When S.J. tagged me, I thought, I have nothing to say–I’m not really a writer. (I know, bad me!). As it turned out, I did have more to say than I thought!

  3. Hi Elizabeth, I am a fellow writer and would love to “carry on the torch” if you would like to link to me. Thanks! – Dorene


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