Writing About Writing When You’re Writing

I hadn’t been writing for a while when I started up again a week or so ago. There are a lot of reasons, among them needing a break, coming up with my next big project (still working on that!), and achieving distance from a project so I could rework it into another form.

All those things take up a lot of my backbrain, which means that I haven’t been consciously thinking about writing very much, lately. Which is why I haven’t been writing about it much lately, either.

It’s hard for me to write about writing when I’m, well, writing. I’m not sure if it’s because I am incapable of it or, as seems more likely, thinking consciously about writing inhibits me psychologically when it comes to writing fiction.

I do have some ideas for writing craft posts, but I also wanted to ask: if you’re reading this, do you have a craft issue you’d like me to post about? Be as general or as specific as you like.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

4 replies on “Writing About Writing When You’re Writing”

  1. How you build characters. Specifically, how much is simply inspiration, what planning you do at the outset and how it might develop as you begin to write. All my favourite books are character-driven and flimsy characters are often at the root of my liking particular stories.

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