A work in progress

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A writing meme has been making the rounds lately, a blog tour highlighting the Writing Process. Carrie, from “Muse Unleashed,” tagged me to participate. I don’t typically engage in memes, but I’m making the exception for this one.

When I started my “journal of big words and pretty pictures,” I wanted it to be completely different from my original blog – If Mom Says OK. (don’t bother looking, it’s locked up tight.) Just from that title, it’s obvious it was a notorious Mommy Blog. I wrote about my life and family.

That became overwhelming when I felt I had to over share some difficult times we went through. In my farewell post I wrote:

Sadly, IMSO has been hemorrhaging for some time, well past the stage when I should have put her out of her misery.”

Writing shouldn’t be something I dreaded, something I didn’t want to do.

Since I began writing in my Thin spiral Notebook, I’ve rediscovered my voice, and writing is no longer a burden. It’s my salvation.

I attribute that to the writers’ community I was welcome into with open arms. So, here are the required answers to four questions about my Work in Progress.

1) What am I working on?

I’ve picked up the thread of a story I began two years ago. Set in a fictional kingdom during the medieval age, it follows a young woman, Agatha, who escaped an arranged marriage to an insane, and cruel, monarch. It is a tale of intrigue, drama, a little supernatural thrown in, with two strong female characters.

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

I’m not sure that it does, but since I’m still having fun writing it, I’ll keep going wherever it takes me.

3) Why do I write what I do?

When I get a chance to read, I prefer science fiction/fantasy. I like the freedom that genre offers when writing too. A plot doesn’t necessarily have to be probable in real life, I just have to find a way to make it sound plausible.

4) How does your writing process work?

Lately, I’ve been using several writing prompts given out by author groups I frequent. Even then, sometimes I get blocked. That’s when I turn to my photo library. There is usually some image that triggers an idea and I go with it.

I get the majority of my inspiration from my photos. That’s why my weekly photo hikes are so important. When I’m out with my camera, I am looking for images that I think hold a story, then wait for that story to speak to me.

Now, to fulfill the tagging requirements.

I’ve invited Lance, owner/operator of My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog. Lance was my writing partner in two serials featuring our respective female assassins, Pauley and Millicent. He has also authored two published books – “The Ballad of Helene Troy” and “Soul to Body.” Hopefully, he will tell us about his upcoming third book, “Woman of Troy.”

I also tagged Marie, she of My Cyberhouse Rules. When she isn’t writing, she is living life to the fullest as a roller derby diva and water nymph aboard her sailboat, photographing the whales in her hood. Her WIP is “Unique: Story of a Girl.”

Their stories will be live on March 31.

Author: Tara R.

I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

4 thoughts

  1. You transitioned so well from journaling completely about your life to a little mix of reality, art and creativity. I’m running out of space on my blog and periodically think about what I’ll do next. I think I want to be a little more anonymous than I’ve been, but also wouldn’t mind stretching my wings a little more than I do now.

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