I was tagged by annathepiper
, whose Writing Process post is here
. The idea is, a bunch of writers talk about their writing process and tag writers who haven't been tagged to talk yet, and the rest of y'all follow the links and discover new writers.What Am I Working On?
Today is Bear In Chair Prompt Call
day, so I am working on whatever people tell me to work on! Beyond that, I have a distressing number of works in progress. Black Velvet Band Medley
wants to be the frontburner project at the moment, but it requires more research and outlining: this is the one in which War On Drugs prisoners slated for prison labor on the Luna colony end up on a transport to set up the Tau Ceti colony instead and our heroes pull a La Amistad
, and it's the one (a one?) addressing colonialism and the prison-labor loophole in the Thirteenth Amendment.How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?
Speculative fiction—media in general, but I'm particularly concerned with speculative fiction—is distressingly male, distressingly white, really distressingly straight, and it goes without saying that it's very nearly all cisgender. My work is, for the most part, none of the above.Why Do I Write What I Do?
me that I and so many other people can't see ourselves reflected in the media. More to the point, it's wrong
that we can't see our media reflections. I have a bumper sticker on my car: "Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture." —Allen Ginsberg. And as Junot Diaz says, "You know how vampires have no reflections in the mirror? If you want to make a human being a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.
" I am taking back a little of that control and I am making some damn mirrors.How Does My Writing Process Work?
Mostly I wing it. With Leah Far-Sighted
and sequels I'm trying the snowflake method
of outlining, but it isn't going so well. "Start at the beginning, write until you reach the end, and then stop" works much better for me, but it's not really a method designed to result in an intricately plotted novel. The one novel-length project that I've successfully completed using that method is a Harry Potter fanfic, which (since I spent much of it having my characters chase Horcruxes) essentially had the outline laid out for me. I'm trying to get better at outlining before writing.
If you wanna be tagged, holler.
ETA: First tag: perfectworry
!crossposted from conallpublications.com