Writing Process Blog Tour

Darcy-eHappy Memorial Day, darlings! Must be kismet (as a US Army veteran) that I was chosen to blog on such a special day! So please, take a moment between flipping burgers to honor the memory of all who courageously sacrificed to preserve our freedom and way of life. THANK YOU.

Now I am ecstatic to be participating in The Writing Process Blog Tour that’s pandemic-ing blogs across the nation! I was tagged by my cup-runneth-over-with-talent, agent sis, Sarah Tomp. (Her delightfully messy process can be found here.) Sarah’s ahhhhmazing YA contemporary, MY BEST EVERYTHING, debuts from Little, Brown Books, March 2015. Check it out on Goodreads! Are you feeling the tingles? Of course you are. I cannot wait to devour this literary feast!

Alrighty, without further preamble, let’s dive into the infamous 4 questions, shall we? *triple-somersault-jackknife-swandives* Which I can TOTALLY do…virtually.

What am I currently working on? This hot minute, I’m working on another YA contemporary romance with a dash of metaphysical wonderment titled, (W)HOLEHEARTED. A companion novel to SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA, this story is about a brokenhearted guy seeking escape, and a guarded girl born with a heart that is broken. Tea leaf divination, serendipity, and swoon aplenty, all steep together to brew the tale of two teens who couldn’t be more wrongly right for each other.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I had to let this question marinate for a few days because my first instinct was to scream and run. It’s like asking me to identify how my snowflake is different from all the other magnificent snowflakes. Um…??? So I’ll go against my inclination to offer a slow, exaggerated full body shrug and attempt to explain.

Elapsed time: 12 hours later.

Okay I’m back. I believe it’s the combination of humor, heart, and a breath of paranormal that compose my literary snowflake. Every story I write, no matter how deceptively cotton candy its surface, has depth. These characters face very REAL struggles–death, alcoholism, broken families, disfigurement, destitution. I just choose to use humor to make the life pill a little less bitter. A little easier to swallow. And I love to add that dash of paranormal to my work. Because sometimes we need to be reminded of the magic in the world. Oh, and many of my characters tend to be wildly unconventional mold-breakers with atypical family models. Because there is beauty in diversity.

Why do I write what I write? See above sugarcoating on bitter pills. :) Plus I just ADORE reading young adult romance. I’m addicted to those heady “firsts” in life. There is no more glorious, confounding, and exhilarating time than when you’re trying to figure out WHO you are. Then you spend the rest of your existence questioning if you got the answer right. I write romance because there is no greater miracle or complex emotion than love. Love doesn’t just make the world go round—it makes it worth the revolutions. It puts the human in being. Connections. Dig ’em.

How does my individual writing process work? Haphazardly and usually in the morning. That’s when the lattes happen. Like many writers, I begin with a spark of an idea—a character I “see” in my mind, a ridiculous scene, a freak medical condition—and then I drive to Home Depot and purchase a huge bucket of Word Spackle and fill in all the story cracks. (No. But wouldn’t that be freaking awesome?!)

Turns out, I’m a pantser-plotter hybrid. I like having a 500-ish word outline (which is truly the extent of my outlining) before I really toss myself into the story maelstrom. But I need that wide lens to keep me focused as I draft, otherwise I want to ooze in every cardinal direction. Did I mention I’m a slow drafter? Hi. I’m Darcy and I’m a slow drafter. I’m here to make you lightning fast drafters feel even better about yourselves. 😉 But really, it’s mainly because I edit as I go. And I stare. A lot. I compile CRITICAL music playlists for my demanding muse. I make jewelry out of office supplies. I knock over my words like a Jenga tower only to build them back up again. Sometimes I diabolically stroke my chin until I break out with a giant zip then rue my manuscript for the acne. You get the idea. It’s a process. A very winding, intuitive, and often ludicrous process. But it’s mine and it’s the only one I have. So I’ll love it like the two-headed hellhound it is. :)

Craving more craft? Next week join my 2013 Golden Heart YA co-finalist, Amy Amy DeLuca AuthorDeLuca, as she demystifies her writing process! Can’t wait! Her blog can be found here. Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist writing YA as Amy DeLuca, and NA romance as Amy Patrick. Look for the release of her CHANNEL TWENTYSOMETHING New Adult series this summer. *more tingles* Besides being an extraordinarily talented author, she also makes her own laundry detergent. Carbon footprint? Minuscule. You will want to hug her as much as the earth does. You should follow her on Twitter.

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28 Responses to Writing Process Blog Tour

  1. Sarah Tomp says:

    Mahhhhvelous, Dahlink!

    It’s obviously a brilliant process! Because it’s so completely you. Love it.

    • Darcy says:

      Aww, Sarah. You are just the loveliest of peaches! And you know that’s really saying something! (winky-winky) Thanks for dropping by and commenting and tagging me so this post became reality.

      xo
      Darcy

  2. Talia Quinn says:

    I want some Word Spackle! Why doesn’t Home Depot sell any? Can we get it online? Surely it must be available somewhere!

    Greetings from a fellow pantser/plotter. Should we start a club? Have a secret handshake?

    Humor wrapped around real struggle is my favorite kind of humor, and I intuitively (psychically?) sense that you do it brilliantly. Can’t wait to read your books!

    • Darcy says:

      Talia! I know, if we bought stock in Word Spackle, we would be bazillionaires! Thanks for swinging by and owning your enthusiasm for struggle dipped in funny. There’s a reason we get along so well…#TeamPantsPlotter 😉

      Annnd off to check out your process too! Whoopee!

      xo
      Darcy

  3. Haha! I’ve never felt more ecologically correct than I do today! Thank you for the tag, Darcy, but it’s freaking intimidating to follow you. :) You could actually list laundry detergent ingredients and make the prose sparkle. Loved hearing about your process and why you do what you do.

    • Darcy says:

      Well shucks, me thinks you overestimate me! *blushes & flushes* My dear Savvy Sis, Amy, you are your own sparkly brand of amazing, and can’t wait to see you light up the screen next week!

      Thanks for coming (and hug Bria for me)!

      xo
      Darcy

  4. Sandra Owens says:

    I do love reading a post from you, Darcy. You always make me smile. I want some of the Word Spackle too. Make Talia share with me.

    • Darcy says:

      :) Word Spackle comin’ your way, Sandy! Your smiles are infectious. Thanks for the holiday fly by and so excited for your next release!!!

      xo
      Darcy

  5. Leslie Lynch says:

    Laughing out loud and scaring the plants! LOVE your description of your process, because I identify with it soooo well! Word spackle!!! Hooray!!! Hi, I’m Leslie and I’m a slow drafter. Yup. Glad all you fast drafters are a bit happier now! 😉 Thanks, Darcy, for humor. I can HARDLY WAIT for you books! Hugs, fellow Lucky!

    • Darcy says:

      Ha! Oh, Leslie, I’ll have to send your plants some anti-anxiety meds. Poor Ficus. But what a delight to bond over this crazy creative process!

      Really appreciate your smiles and enthusiasm for my stories!

      I’m boomeranging it back at you! Terribly excited for your release next week. :)

      Big Lucky X’s and O’s,
      Darcy

  6. Piper says:

    Darcy, this is all wonderful and everything, but when do the doughnuts come in?? 😉 Great post! Keep up the great work in your writing of making people laugh–a rare and precious gift indeed!

    • Darcy says:

      Leave it to you, Piper, to keep it real with doughnuts. 😉 Thanks for the kind words, M’Lucky Lady! And I’m cheering on all your self pubbing endeavors! *squeeees*

      Hey, did you have fun in NOLA? Did they finally replenish the beignets I depleted in Feb?

      xo
      Darcy

  7. Love your humor as always, Darcy! Can’t wait to read your novels!

    • Darcy says:

      Jacqui! Thanks for shaking those ever loving pom poms of support! I’m so very “Lucky” to have you in my corner. 😉

      And appreciate those RT’s!

      xo
      Darcy

  8. Jackie Floyd says:

    Late to the party, Darcy, but when I finally caught up with the day and saw you were blogging. I had to come check it out. And obviously, you didn’t disappoint. It was delightful and slightly scary to see how your brain, er, process works. Brilliantly, of course.

    • Darcy says:

      Jackie, you’re sweet as pie, and it is NEVER too late to arrive at a party in Darcyland. My family is global & knows no timezones. 😉

      And slightly scary? Does that have anything to do with my process being akin to driving down the highway at 85mph around midnight with the headlights off? *nods* I see your point. Hope I get to hear all about your genius! Thanks for coming!

      xo
      Darcy

  9. Your wonderful voice resonates with every word, spackle or no! Love this especially:
    Love doesn’t just make the world go round—it makes it worth the revolutions. It puts the human in being. Connections. Dig ‘em.

    It was worth the 12 hours just to say that. Awesome, Darcy!

    • Darcy says:

      My goodness, thank you, my dear Miranda, for such amazing praise! Though I know for a fact you are chocked full of literary sparkle! 😉 Congrats again on the sale!!!!

      Lovely to see you and thanks for the tweet!

      xo
      Darcy

  10. Sonali Dev says:

    Oh Darcy, How I do love to read everything and anything you write. Y’know why Home Depot doesn’t have any Word Spackle? It’s because it’s all sitting in your basement, in all it’s shimmering shinning glory.

    Cannot wait to read your books!

    • Darcy says:

      Sonali, my super sparkler, thank you (and really ALL the Lucky’s!) for being such an endless well of enthusiasm! It makes me feel extra shiny. And NOT because I’m hoarding the Word Spackle! 😉

      Oh! And can’t wait to hug and squeeze your words too, sweetness!

      xo
      Darcy

  11. I love your reasons for reading YA; I feel the same. A good love story but with some deeper family issues–those are the books I gravitate toward, and what I want to write.

    I am also of the pantser-plotter variety. I recently impressed myself with a color-coded outline, though nevermind that came deep into a second draft. I also don’t know how not to edit as I go, though I try to do that less in a first draft. The people who do not fix anything in a first draft or who don’t even use punctuation because it gets filled in later … to those people I say so long as it works for you…. :)

    • Darcy says:

      Hey Steph! We are kindred book spirits for sure. :) I agree, it’s all about striking that perfect balance of the feels.

      And I love that you compulsively edit! *hugs you harder* Leaving all those errors is the equivalent of dirty underpants to me.

      *raises glass* so here’s to clean skivvies and whatever process works for each of us!

      Thanks for sharing!

      xo
      Darcy

  12. AE Jones says:

    Darcy –

    As usual, you wow me iwth your wordsmithing! Love to read about your process and if you have any of that office supply jewelry lying around, just send it my way! AE

    • Darcy says:

      Greetings my carrot crunching hummus eating, Lucky Sis! (BTW, I was given carrots & hummus for lunch this weekend–hand to God, I almost called you.)

      Thank you so much for coming by and brightening my blog with your presence and kind words. :)

      How bout I craft you something real special with my office supplies when your awesome Mind Sweeper releases? (say yes) It will likely involve chains of paperclips. (still say yes)

      xo
      Darcy

    • AE Jones says:

      Yes! I would love a paperclip necklace. Can it be the cool multi-color ones? I’m partial to red, but I’m willing to negotiate.

      xo right back at ya!
      AE

  13. Nan Dixon says:

    I an coming out the revision haze and catching up! What a fabulous description of your process — and as always with the distinctive Darcy voice! I would love to see the triple-somersault-jackknife-swan dives – with no splash – ‘cuz you would get all 10s from this judge!

    Nan

    • Darcy says:

      Haha! Welcome back to the land of the living, Nan, and congrats on wrapping up those edits!

      So appreciate you stopping by and awarding those gracious 10s for my bellyflop. I’ll have to work on honing my skills for your release date. 😉

      xo
      Darcy

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