Clare Davidson

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Writing process blog hop

DSC_0064Thanks to Kat Ellis for tagging me to take part in this blog hop. I met the lovely Kat via Twitter. Turns out we're both UK young adult authors.

Kat writes sci-fi, fantasy and thriller novels in the young adult genre. She's represented by Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency. Blackfin Sky is going to be available in the UK on the 14th May (just over a month away, exciting!) and I highly recommend you pick it up when it comes out.

You can find out more about Kat, her writing process and her debut novel, Blackfin Sky here.

Now I guess it's my turn to answer the blog hop questions!

What am I working on?

Right now I'm working on book 3 of the Hidden series. It's just gone through three rounds of edits and I'll be handing it off to my editor in the next few days. Then I'll need to start the first draft of the fourth and final book in the series.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Reaper's Rhythm (Hidden: Book 1) was different from a lot of other urban fantasy/paranormal young adult fiction, in that there wasn't a strong romantic subplot. There was also a strong mystery component, so I was crossing the genre streams (wait, isn't that dangerous?).

Why do I write what I do?

Hmm… good question. I started out writing traditional fantasy. My debut novel, Trinity, is a fairly high magic typical fantasy novel. After that I decided to challenge myself by writing something more contemporary and eventually came up with the concept for the Hidden series. I think it's important to step out of your comfort zones, as it can really stretch you as a writer.

How does my writing process work?

I'm a bit of a pantser, in all honesty. I often get a spark of an idea and run with it. Sometimes the idea pans out and other times I pan it. That method worked before I took the leap into publishing, because my main motivation was to have fun. Now I need to have more of a business head on, so I'm refining my writing process novel by novel. I'm currently doing a video series about this very topic, where I cover my process in more detail. You can watch the first video here.

However, in a nutshell this is my process:


  • I come up with an idea, often by getting inspiration from the things I watch or read.

  • The idea normal comes with one or two characters, so I mind map around them, finding out what their goals and motivations are etc.

  • I use those goals and motivations to develop a short plot outline (really short).

  • Then I start writing. I'm getting quicker at writing first drafts. Book 3 of the Hidden series was written in ten weeks.

  • Of course, then the editing begins. I'll do at least two passes before anyone else sees it. I let someone else read it for plot, character and consistency, before doing another round of edits. Then it's off to my editor and finally my proofreader.


I'm passing the blog hop torch onto two lovely authors, who will be posting about their process on the 13th April.

angela1-2Urban fantasy author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. Her obsessions include the Wizard of Oz, over-sweetened coffee, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows. GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela's Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

img_3658Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Find out more at http://deberelene.com


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