Writing about writing blog tour

shark2 - CopyThis post is part of a blog tour Elizabeth H. Cottrell invited me to participate in. Elizabeth’s blog tour invitation originated at Sor’a Garrett’s The Shine Connection blog.

You can see Elizabeth’s Writing About Writing blog at Heartspoken here.

This week, I’ll answer the blog tour questions. Next week, I’ll introduce you to two bloggers who will answer the same questions.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on learning a new, full-time job. I am also enrolled as a new student at Minot State University. Those two things have consumed me over the last few months.

In between the exhaustion of all that, I’m working on a non-fiction, Word Shark book as well as collections of poetry, historical fiction, and horror and experimental fiction. And, I blog.

How does your work differ from others in the same genre?

Every writer has an original voice. I just write in my voice and hope that it appeals to others. At times I try to write with humor, even with the horror. When blogging, I try to share my experience and my thoughts, some advice, what I’ve learned along the writing way.

Why do you write what you write?

I write poetry because I enjoy that muse. I write horror to kill my demons (and my ex-husbands) and because I love the genre, when done well. I write historical fiction because those stories should not be forgotten. Many of my historical short stories are based on genealogical research I’ve conducted on my family. And I write a blog because I enjoy that outlet – and to share my experiences and thoughts. On the blog, I occasionally share my poetry and short stories.

Describe your writing process.

I have no process. I write when I have the time and the energy. Lately, I don’t have much energy (new job!). I don’t have a schedule, nor do I try to force a writing schedule.

I write. I let it sit. I look at it again. I rewrite. I let it sit. I look at it again and rewrite. I let it sit (lots of sitting here!).

I have decided to insert a new aspect to my process – that of asking a handful of beta readers to read through my bigger projects before they are sent to my editor.

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One of the most important steps I do take in my process is hiring a high-quality editor. I won’t publish without Shawn MacKenzie.

Stay tuned – next week I’ll introduce you to two blogger/writers who will answer the same questions.

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27 responses to “Writing about writing blog tour

  1. Sitting in good. 🙂 A great idea, a blog tour! And thank you for the mention, my friend. Always a pleasure editing your work.

  2. I’m surprised you have a minute for writing sometimes Karen….but I’m glad you do.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • karenrsanderson

      Lately, I have not had the time or energy to write seriously. Looking for a new job, getting a new job, learning a new job, and signing up for a degree, has consumed me for about 5-6 months.

  3. Love hearing how busy you are (all positive) and how you keep the humor in all you write, even the horror. When I read your blog and your stories, I definitely hear your ‘voice’ – it’s a strong, clear, sensitive yet courageous one.

  4. I’ve seen lots of these and participated as well. Love reading how other writers’ manage to get any work done these days. ❤

    • karenrsanderson

      I’m not getting much writing done these days…but that’s okay. I have other s*** going on. I am okay with putting writing on the back burner while I learn a new job, meet new friends, have a university life, sign up for class…

  5. [I thought I had submitted another comment, so if that came through, you can ignore this one and remove this note].

    Karen, I was so grateful that you were willing to participate in this blog tour, and as well as I thought I knew you, I so enjoyed reading your answers to these questions. What you were too humble to say about yourself is that you are one of the most wonderful “pay it forward” human beings I know. You are always shining a spotlight or giving a shout-out to those who are doing creative or important work in the world: writers, editors, artists, photographers, soldiers, small business owners, and more. I have a great deal of respect for you and for your writing.

    • karenrsanderson

      I think Pay It Forward is one of the most important things! Oh yes! More bloggers and writers should do this. And besides, the karma is awesome.

  6. Jeezaloo, but for someone with no schedule you accomplish so much! I love how you’ve reset your timer, turned the page to reflect a new chapter, and re-aligned your vision to new and better things. Yet, you haven’t lost any of your passion or determination in the process. You’re certainly side-tracked, and for good reason, but you know it’s only temporary. All that necessary Food for Your Writers Soul, will be right there ready for you to pick up where you left off, once the dust settles from your rebooted lifestyle.

    Ditto with your peeps here. It’s not such an ordinary thing to come across the Genuine Article in the midst of all the noise on the internet–yet here you are. A super shark with an enormous heart ❤

    • karenrsanderson

      Thanks, Barbara. Just because I got bumped into a different direction doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad direction. I love this new facet, and I cannot wait to start my first class. Writing and editing will return in its own good time.

  7. Congratulations on the new job and on becoming a student! It all sounds good. Even though these things seem to zap up all our time and energy, they also provide materiel for writing! I guess even editors need editors. Great to learn more about you.

    • karenrsanderson

      Editors are great at seeing problems in others’ stuff – I so believe that. Yes, this editor absolutely hires an editor, one who gets me and isn’t afraid to dish on the problems she’s sees in my projects.

  8. It’s a pleasure to meet you through the blog tour, Karen. It’s also good to know of a couple of trusted sources for editing–definitely not a strength of mine.

    • karenrsanderson

      One of the things I like about blogging and touring and guest blogging – meeting new blogger/writers! Thanks for commenting.

  9. soragarrett

    Karen … what a pleasure to be connected to you through this blog tour. I agreed to jump in because I was having a bit of a writing stall, and while I haven’t completely got back on track with that, I’m so grateful for the connections I’m making. I’m sure Elizabeth is also loving that part of this experience! S

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