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My Writing Process – Blog Tour

February 3, 2014

Today I am excited to be part of the ‘My Writing Process’ blog tour. The tour revolves around writers who answer the same four questions about their writing process before passing the baton on to another writer. My thanks go to Avril Joy who asked me to follow on from her post last week (see Here are my answers:
What am I working on?
As ever I can’t seem to stick to just the one thing, so at the moment I’m working on three different projects, swapping from one to the other as the words and ideas surface. What they have in common is that they are all based on poetry. The one which is uppermost in my mind at the moment is a new collection on the theme of Sanctuary. I will be posting more about this and how to get involved in the next few months.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to experiment as those of you know who have been following my posts on fantasy poetry, which is a fusion of the two genres. Another of the projects that I am working on is a third fantasy poetry fusion. The first two are available from my page at
This one is more slow going as I haven’t made the journey yet and am trying to produce a body of work to contrast and complement the poems that I will write next year in situ.
The best advice I can give anyone wishing to write in a genre is to study that genre, find out what is already written and how it works, and then write what you feel the need to write. You can only bend or break the rules if you know what they are in the first place.
Why do I write what I do?
I write what I feel the need to communicate. I write because it makes me feel more alive. I write because I enjoy it.
How does your writing process work?
In a word, organically. I get an idea for something and write it out until it forms a whole. This can be either poetry or prose and seems to come from different parts of my mind.
Once I have the first draft (on pen and paper) I redraft and play about with the words until I feel I’ve gone as far as I can with it at this stage. I then move to the computer to produce a processed piece which I might put away for a while before editing and polishing.
I usually have a rough idea of how long I wish to spend on each part of the process. This year I have given myself until the end of March to produce the first draft of the Sanctuary project. April to September is for editing ready to send out between October and December. It’s a fluid timeline but helps me to keep moving the work forward.
And on that note I am passing the baton to Kate Evans who will continue the ‘My Writing Process’ blog tour on Monday 10th February.
Kate is programme co-ordinator and tutor on the creative writing degree programme at the University of Hull, Scarborough campus. She produces work across the writing spectrum and last year published ‘Pathways through Writing Blocks in the Academic Environment’ available from
Kate also works with creative writing in therapeutic environments which you can find out more about from her blog at


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