Friday, October 24, 2014

Writing Quirks by Wendi Zwaduk

Thanks to the Decadent Divas for having me on. I love hanging out with my friends.
I thought for my post today, I’d talk about one of my own writing quirks. I’d like to think nothing I do is quirky, but I know better. I’m a quirky person. I mean, I have blue hair, more piercings than anything and a penchant for boots. Yep. I’m a little different. So it stands to reason my writing would be a little different. Let’s say, I’m not very conventional.
What is one of the many quirks? I never have the story totally formed in my head when I sit down to write it. I go by a character and a scene. Probably not the best way to go with a story, but it works for me. For example, in Over My Head , I had Randy and Astra as fully formed characters. But I’d written When You’re With Me first. In that story, they were merely ideas. I don’t think they had names at the time I’d finished and submitted the original version of When You’re With me. I knew something would happen with them, that they had names, but beyond that I had nothing. So when I got the nudge from my publisher to put out Over My Head (it didn’t have a name at the time), I thought well, those characters needed their story told. Hmm... let’s run. And I did.
Another quirk that goes hand in hand with writing the story from a scene to start is my tendency to write part of the scene out long hand. That’s right. No computer, just me and a notebook. I write until I get bored, tired, or my attention goes in another direction – which happens a lot – then I let it percolate some more. Usually half a day later I sit down at the computer. Usually then more of the scene comes out and I really get going. I’ve been known to take a scene, not know where it goes in the grand scheme of things and move it about three times. But I always use comment bubbles. I’d be lost without them. Great invention, comment bubbles.
Like I said, it’s not the most conventional, but it works for me. Questions? Thoughts? I’d love to hear them!
Here’s a little bit about Over My Head:

Over My Head
By Wendi Zwaduk
Heart Attack Collection

M/F, Anal Sex
Totally Bound

What happens when two opposites realize they have more in common than expected?
I’m a dancer, a damn good one if you asked. I work at the Silver Steel Gentlemen’s Club. My hard and fast rule? No freebies and no office dating. Except for Slade. Hard, fast, slow, gentle...I don’t care. I’ll take him any way possible. But he’s not that in to me.
Or so she thinks. I’m a bouncer at the Silver Steel. Astra doesn’t realize I see her. I can’t help myself. She captivates me every time she’s on the stage. I want her, but I have a...problem. I’m not at the Steel to pick up chicks or even work the room. I’m there to stop the influx of drugs into the community. Yeah, I’m a cop. But if the job means sampling the dancers... As long as I keep my heart out of it, I’ll be fine.
I hope.
This book has a kick ass hero, a dancer with all the right moves, hot sex, a little mutual anal play for good measure and mention of drug use.

An AllRomance Ebooks Best Seller!

Available at:
Totally Bound
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And a little bit about me:
I’ve always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I love playing with words and letting the characters run wild. Combination doesn’t matter, as long as there is love and trust involved.
NASCAR, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, animals and second chance romance all feature prominently in my books. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’ve been a waitress, a teacher and currently play chauffeur in my sparse spare time.
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  1. I share your quirk of not knowing where a story is going until the characters write it (I had written "until I I write it," but let's be honest here...they dictate, I just write it down!), but I'm afraid I write very little long hand anymore. Only when a scene is giving me fits do I pull out the pencil (always pencil, never pen. Why? No idea, but I've been doing it that way since...well...a long time). Good post! Always fun to see inside another writer's mind. :)

  2. For me it's therapeutic to write long hand. Makes me slow down and think through what the characters want to do. Although i have to admit once I get going it can be REALLY hard to understand what the heck i wrote down. I've had to stare at my handwriting and really think about what I was thinking on. Or if all else fails, I type up what i've started and after that I just sort of wing it. I'm good at winging it. :-P