My Writing Process – Blog Tour

My Writing Process
My Writing Process

I was asked to join in this blog tour by Karen Tyrrell. You can read her post here. I’ve also done this post on my writing blog, so I’m going to try and give more information. So, here goes…

1) What am I working on?

I’ve just completed the first draft of my chapter book for this years Chapter Book Challenge. I’m quite happy with it, although it does need some work. I’m letting it sit for a while before I start editing. I am also getting ready for the Blog Your Book in 30 Days Challenge. I have a few different ideas going through my mind for this one, and I still have a couple of weeks to decide which book to work on.

In the mean time, I’m hoping to get one or two more fractured fairy tales written as part of an ongoing challenge that was set by my kids.

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

With my latest story, the main character doesn’t like playing sport, and it follows his journey. Most of the other books I’ve seen about kids playing sport feature kids who love the sport.

With my fractured fairy tales, to be honest, these are for fun right now and I haven’t done a lot of investigating what else is out there. If I ever decide to edit and publish them, I’ll do more research.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write the stories that come in to my head. I’m glad that no one can read minds or they may get lost in my head! I have a lot of different stories swirling around in there, all crying out to be told. I can often be hard to work out what to write next. This is one reason I like challenges such as the Chapter Book Challenge. It helps me to get the story out of my head and on to the page.

The chapter books I’m working on are ones that I hope will help children who have the issues that are in the story – I wish they had been around when I was going through similar issues.

4) How does your writing process work?

I used to write completely as the muse took me, but that didn’t work out as well as I would have liked to think it would. Now I have a rough outline and an idea of where I want the story to end up. Recently I’ve found the muse can still take the story in a different direction than I had planned, however it usually finds its way back to the ending I had wanted the story to have.

Every now and then, just for fun, I will still sit down with a vague idea and just write to see where it goes, these usually end up as flash fiction pieces rather than anything longer.


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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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