Writing Process Blog Hop!

20 Aug

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Hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far. Welcome to my blog. My lovely friend, Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin, has invited me to participate in a writing process blog hop. Yolanda is a very talented poet and writer, and you can read and enjoy her work in her blog: Life Love and Other Catastrophes. Please check out her poems, you will not be disappointed.

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RULES:

 

  1. Introduce who referred the blog tour to you.
  2.  Answer the following 4 questions:

1) What am I working on?

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?

3) Why do I write what I do?

4) How does my writing process work?

  1. Introduce the people you’re passing this on to who will then post a week later.

 

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***Since I have participated in the Writing Process Blog Hop a couple of times already I decided to change the questions up a little for the sake of not boring my readers to death. Those of you who will continue this blog hop can of course answer the original questions listed above. You can check out my other blog hops here and here. Thanks!

1- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

I find romantic scenes particularly challenging, even more so than erotic ones. I believe it’s because to me, a romantic gesture should be touching, extraordinary and enchanting in order to feel genuine—otherwise it’s just another cheesy line in a story. When I write a romantic scene, I want the reader—whether male or female—to stop and savor the moment. That’s very difficult to do, and I wish I could say that I always achieve that.

2- Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I would never write about my family or friends because instead of a non-fiction novel, it would turn out to be a comedy/horror novel. Ha, ha! Just kidding!

3- Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Oh, boy! I remember when I published my first book, The Basement. I was getting all great reviews, and then I received my first dreaded two-star review. I felt like my world was collapsing around me. I was saddened, disappointed, and angry—all because of this one review. To add insult to injury, the person did not even have the decency to tell me why he gave me such a low rating. Well, I ranted and raved about it. I didn’t know any better. It was my first published book. I still couldn’t believe I had written a full-length novel or that I got it published, and I became very emotional about this insignificant, wordless review. I finally contacted the reviewer, which I know now never to do, and asked him why he gave me a two-star review. “What was it about the book you didn’t like?” I asked. Do you know what he told me? (Of course you don’t.) He told me not to take it personally. He said he had a friend whose book was in the same category as mine, and I was a slot ahead of him on the Goodreads list. What? I didn’t even respond to such nonsense.

Well, since then I have learned a great deal. Most reviewers will give you a good explanation as to why they’ve given you a good or bad review, and you can learn from their critique. Whether you choose to read the reviews or not, just remember that not everyone is going to like your book, no matter how good it may be. There are books that I absolutely loved that received several terrible reviews. Even novels from my favorite writers—Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dan Brown . . . And there have been books that I just couldn’t finish because they bored me silly, which have gotten great reviews from other readers who did enjoy them.

4- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Sitting next to Ridley Scott or Wolfgang Petersen, the director of a movie based on one of my epic fantasies, at the Academy Awards. All joking aside, I hope to still have the passion and drive to write, and to still be writing novels.

5- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

I think names are very important—at least the names of your main character and other important characters. For my novel The Basement, I did a Google search for the most popular names for kids between the ages of 11-13, since those were the ages of the kids in the story and also the audience the book was aimed at.

For the first book in my Fantasy Angels Series, The Fall of Lilith, I did some research in the Bible, Torah, and Quran and books related to those, about angels and their names.

6- What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m about to begin querying my second book, The Fall of Lilith, which is the first installment in my Fantasy Angels Series (Adult/Dark Fantasy). However, I’ve been really torn about whether to spend all the time required to query the book and get representation, and then a publisher, or to just publish it on my own. If you have advice on this issue, it would be greatly appreciated.

I’m also busy writing the second installment of the series, Dracul (working title).

 

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Look for the Blog Hop to continue soon at these sites: 

 

Alana Munro – Alana is known as ‘The Author Who Supports’, and for good reason. She’s been a kind and supportive friend to me since I started my blog a little over a year ago. As if that weren’t enough she is a huge talent. Her book, Women Behaving Badly is a #1 bestseller on Amazon. I read the book, and not only did it entertain me, but it also taught me a few lessons. Isn’t that awesome? What more can you ask from a book? She also writes insightful, interesting and informative posts on her blog: Alana Munro – Author & Blogger Check it out!

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Chantal Bellehumeur – Chantal is an amazing woman. She’s a talented horror writer, artist, and model. Her book Just Another Common Killer is on my to-read list. Check out her website here.

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Lorraine Marie Reguly – Lorraine is one of the hardest working writers I know. She’s also a blogger that blogs about writing and other subjects, teacher, and editor. Lets just say I’ve learned a few things from her. Check out her blog Laying it Out There, check out her eBook Risky Issues, and also stay tuned for author Lorraine Reguly’s Spotlight, right here on my blog, coming soon.

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As readers, do you enjoy reading about how writers work? Who’s your favorite writer, and why? What types of books do you read? What genre?

33 Responses to “Writing Process Blog Hop!”

  1. mihrank August 20, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    I like your idea – I will include professional and talented music piano players to bring great mixture!!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Mihran! I have a phobia of being boring, and in a way that has worked well for me because it brings out my creative juices. I’m glad you like the idea! Thank you! 😀

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  2. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin August 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Great post Vashti every time I learn a little more 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Yolanda. Thanks for inviting me in the first place. 😀

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  3. Teagan Kearney August 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Great questions and answers. I always learn from your posts, Vashti, and will definitely be checking out your recommendations! Good luck with the decision with Lilith.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      Hi Teag! I love hearing from you. Thank you for coming by and for visiting the other authors. I’ll have to ponder about my decision for Lilith some more. 🙂

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  4. olganm August 21, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Loved your own questions. I love questions that make me think of things I hadn’t thought about, but it’s true that there are things that we’ve never been asked but would like to answer to because they are important…

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

      Hello Olga! Thank you. I would love for you to send me some of those questions you’ve never been asked, but would love to answer. I’ve been thinking of interviewing you for a while. How about it? 🙂

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  5. Lorraine Marie Reguly August 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words, Vashti, and for including me in the blog hop! 🙂

    I’ll be posting my process post in two weeks – not one – if that’s okay with you!

    I’m so glad you learn something from me, too. In fact, today’s lesson is to insert an apostrophe in “lets” (found in the last paragraph). 😉 I know you’re really saying “let us” although, technically, you should say, “Let me…”

    Yes, I’m a picky editor, but that’s one of the reasons why I’m so good – I pay attention to every detail!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Hi Lorraine! Ha,ha! Okay, thank you for the correction and you’re welcome. I sent you a tweet with the link you requested. 😀

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  6. GiGi Eats Celebrities August 22, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Ah the writing process! Currently I am trying to get into that mode so I can pump out a blog post!!!! I am not very motivated right now, but really, I just write what I am thinking so I just have to remind myself to do just that!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      Hi GiGi! I love your blog posts because they are always so funny and genuine. So keep doing what you do, girl! Happy writing! 😀 xx

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      • mihrank August 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

        This is a great blog and informative, that shows how bloggers and writers need to respect each other. Lately, I feel some don’t want to respect other here. I feel sad!

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 23, 2014 at 12:31 am #

        Hello Mihran, thank you very much for the kind words. Don’t feel sad.

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  7. Laura August 23, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    I do enjoy these process posts. I like getting to learn more about my favorite authors. It is nice to see them as approachable people.
    Since my introduction to authors via blogs and facebook and internet sites I am reading more.
    I also tend to SPEND more money on books, in various forms.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 23, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Hello Laura! You have no idea how excited your words have made me. I’m so happy you’ve had such a good experience getting to know authors online and that you’re reading more. That’s awesome. Welcome to my blog! I have short stories and short story series posted on this blog. Feel free to read them. I always look forward to new feedback. Have a great weekend! 😀

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  8. Reji Stephenson August 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Thank you very much for following my blog, http://www.digitaldimensions4u.com

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

      You’re welcome, Reji. Thank you for following mine as well. I hope I can entertain you with my short stories. I’d love to read your feedback on them. Here’s the link to your post that I pinned on Pinterest. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/339318153148422963/ 🙂

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      • Reji Stephenson August 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

        I will definitely go through it when I am free. Have a wonderful blogging journey ahead.

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

        Thank you very much. I’ll look forward to that. Have a great blogging journey too. 🙂

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  9. NIKKI4148 August 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on CREATIVE WRITING CORNER and commented:
    Interesting. Could you kindly subscribe to my blog?! 🙂 I am also following you on Google Plus…..

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  10. alexandrastarbuck August 24, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    This is a great idea! Can’t wait till I’m far enough in my writing to answer these questions. I’m still in the learning phase right now.

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  11. JESS44903 August 26, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    What a great post!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  12. Brittnei Washington August 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    I loved the new questions you answered. I can see why a romantic scene would be difficult. Your answer to the bad review question was so honest and truthful. I think we can apply that to everything we do in life. I thought specifically about my life and my blog. It’s so true. Not everyone will agree with you or even like what you are doing or what you have written. Tis life. 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Thank you Brittnei! Yes, tis life. Once I figured that out I began to write for myself. When you write for yourself you’re honest and open, and free. There’s peace of mind in that too. One hopes that everyone will like and enjoy one’s blog post, story or whatever, but that will never happen. Oh well…

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  13. Mrs_ AOK (@Mrs_AOK) August 28, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    I loved this post! I’m always fascinated with the writer’s mind. When I read Stephen King’s On Writing, I got all schoolgirl. I actually need to reread that book.
    I wonder if I could write a romantic scene…. I guess I have my next writing assignment.
    All the best~
    XOXO

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 28, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Hi! Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed it. Oh yes, ‘On Writing’ is a book worth reading several times. I’ve read it twice already. I always learn something new. 😉 Go for it! I’d love to read it. Maybe I could learn a thing or two from your romantic scene. I challenge you! 🙂 All the best to you too, my friend. 😀 xoxo

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  14. Doreen Sargente September 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    I can’t agree with you more about reviews. I’ve known for a very long time no matter how fabulous we are ;), not everyone will like you or what you do. That realization comes with age lol.

    I enjoyed reading about your writing process Vashti. And thanks for stopping by today and commenting. I’ve been remiss in visiting blogs because I’ve had limited wifi but things are back to normal now. (((Hugs)))

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi Doreen! I enjoyed reading about your adventures, and I always learn a thing or two when I visit your blog (icing on the cake). 😀 Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad things are back to normal because I love hearing from you. ❤ xx

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