First off, let me apologize about the delay. I feel horrible about postponing this blog tour a week late, but I didn’t want to publish this post until it was polished and as close to perfection as possible. After all, I am a crazy perfectionist.
Thanks to the fantastic and fabulous AR Neal for inviting me to this blog tour. She is an amazing writer and blogger and an incredible person. If you haven’t already, go check out her blog. Be sure to follow her as well. You will not regret clicking the link. I repeat: click, click, click away. > (starvingactivist.com)
This is a simplified version of how the blog tour works:
- This is an ongoing tour every Monday, featuring different bloggers each week.
- You acknowledge the person and site who invited you to the tour.
- You answer four questions about your writing process (the ones bolded below).
- You feature three other bloggers, give a tiny blurb about them, and you attach a link to their blog.
Of course, these rules are not set in stone. Sometimes they are modified or *gasp* broken.
Moving on…I shall answer four questions about my writing process. What a great chance for you to pick apart my brains.
What am I working on?
I am currently working on a few essays and short non-fiction pieces. I am not working on a full-length novel at the moment, but I hope to return to writing fiction in the near future. The essays range in topics from competition to public service to rights and freedoms in Canada. Although I am passionate about writing and blogging, law and politics also fascinate me. Perhaps I will share some of my non-fiction stuff here on this blog if anyone is interested or if anyone actually cares. If it isn’t obvious, I work on my blog and I try to make it better every day.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
While I am taking a break from fiction, I must say a lot of the fiction novels and stories I’ve written in the past are based on controversial issues. I tend to tackle topics that are more extreme in nature, revealing aspects of the human nature some people shy away from talking and writing about. Most of my novels do not have a happy ending either. I just think an unhappy ending is more realistic and accurate to real life. I warn you: reading my fiction can cause depression. This explains why I try to add humour in my blog from time to time. It’s a nice balance. Unhappiness and depression mixed with humour and amusement. I’m aware my definition of humour is vastly different from yours. But you can’t hate a girl for trying, can you?
Why do I write what I do?
Aside from enjoying the writing process, I feel as though everyone has a story to tell. And writing is my way of telling these stories. Of course, many of my stories are based on personal experiences that have altered my life forever. One day, I hope people can read what I have to write. But I hope more than anything that people will relate to what I have to say and know they are not alone.
How does your writing process work?
Let me break it down.
- An idea hits me in the head.
- Said idea complains and bothers me until I write it down.
- I write the grand idea down.
- I realize the idea is not as grand as I thought.
- The idea begs me to continue writing in order to make it better.
- This tiny idea turns into a raw, rough draft that could be called a story.
- The story sits on my desk or on my computer for a century.
- A century later, I look at it again.
- I see the flaws.
- I fix the flaws.
- I rejoice when I finish.
- Then I hope to repeat the process again and again.
J.G. Chayko is a writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She loves writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. I hope she will share about her writing process because I really want to pick her brains to see how in the world she does it. She has two blogs too. Impressive huh?
Once again, sorry AR Neal for postponing and to everyone else for disappointing. I hope you understand. Also, sorry for breaking the rules. I believe I’m supposed to feature 3 other bloggers, but because J.G. Chayko is amazingly talented, she deserves the spotlight. Don’t hate me. I am only sixteen. Didn’t you make mistakes when you were a teenager? Didn’t you rebel and disobey rules when you were young? Uh-huh. That’s what I thought.
Go show your support now. Give these two wonderful ladies a round of applause for what they do.
I could spend all day thanking people who deserves to be thanked, complimenting people who deserves to be complimented. I hope a generic “thank you” and “you are all wonderful” will do.