Our Writing Process

IMG_4304smWe were tagged by Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More for the Writing Process Blog Tour.

The Three Questions

What are you working on?

Personally, I’m working on a nap but that’s just me.

The woman is working on several projects. She’s working on transcribing some video interviews that will go in a book for acupuncturists about called Untold Stories: 12 Acupuncturists Tell their Stories of Success, which will be out in about a year. She is the editor of this one, not the only writer.

She’s got a short book for acupuncturists on thinking like a business person which she hopes to doctor up here soon and get the Male to do some editing and publish that. This is in a line of business books for acupuncturists.

She’s almost done with Death Interrupted the fifth book in the Whisper Series that comes out under the pen name Bonnie Elizabeth. This is going in for final changes by her and then will be proofed by the proof-readers.

While she waits on that, she’s writing short stories and is playing with writing a children’s book. The kids book will actually involve cats, even it doesn’t involve me. But hey, that’s a start right? And down the road, she’s gotten in some preliminary edits on Whisper Six (for all you fans) and has also worked on Steampunk novel that she’s not sure if it’s worth continuing on but probably is.  She recently finished another fantasy mystery, but that one turned out to be 60,000 words of back story. So she’ll need to work on that but before all of those things happens, she wants a first draft of Whisper 8 so readers won’t get mad at her.

Why do you write what you do?

I just dictate my life. Or the life I ought to live. When I’m lucky the woman transcribes it. Lately she keeps talking about not time..

She writes what comes to her. It is always stuff she wants to read. Some short stories are experiments in style or setting. I think she should write more about me but she says the muse doesn’t go there.

How does your writing process work?

Well, I nap on it a lot.

The woman writes a draft. Goes on to write something else. Usually she comes back to edit said draft. If she can’t finish it because it’s bad, it gets tossed. If she really wants to tell that story, it gets a major re-write. She’ll keep writing things and editing things between books (which is how she has so many things going on). Often while she’s editing a fiction book, she’ll write a non-fiction book for acupuncturists because that allows her to write (which she prefers) over editing and changing. But that keeps her on track. We try to write 4,000-7,000 words a day and we’re pretty good at keeping to those goals. Editing is always about 30-50 pages a day (depending upon whether it’s an initial edit to see if it’s worth keeping or if it’s a more serious edit that needs more time). On days when editing is the focus, we usually only write about 1,000 words a day.

After the Woman edits something three times, she gets a real editor to go over it and then she makes those changes and finally there is a copy edit/proof work and then it goes to Kindle and CreateSpace. Of course, the one she is mostly transcribing/editing will be a little different.


The Meezers. We really want to know how they always manage to make us laugh.

Max The Psycho Kitty (my favorite author). Maybe I can pick up some pointers?

And anyone else who has a process and wants to share! Or even if you don’t have a process. We always come by these so late that we have a hard time finding folks to tag!




  1. We love hearing about everybody’s writing process! If this meme lasts long enough, maybe we’ll get to participate after the head peep comes back into town, but we are quite impressed by 4-7k words a day. And we are cross with the head peep for falling behind on reading the Whisper series to us. Good help is so hard to find!

  2. We too love hearing about everybuddy else’s writing process. We hafta admit we’re impressed with your human’s writing process, Chey.

    We don’t have much of writing process ourselves. But maybe we’ll get the mom to do this meme for us. It should be easy since we don’t have a process. 😛

  3. Very interesting process you have Chey. We like that you just dictate and everything is transcribed for you!
    Thank you for stopping by yesterday and leaving such a kind and thoughtful message on Abby’s one year at the RB post. I so appreciated your warm and gracious words.

    ?Angels Abby & Grace?

  4. Writing 4,000-7,000 words a day is very impressive, and I didn’t realise how much goes into the editing before it goes to the real editor.

  5. WOW! We are impressed at the writing your Mom does 😮
    Our Mom is impressed too. She sometimes finds it hard enough doing our blog :/
    Your Mom must really like writing 🙂
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  6. 4,000-7,000 words s day? Wow, that would be like , um, dozens of posts?

  7. well Chey, you may be sorry you asked………. but go ahead and read our answers.

  8. WOW!! The Female really writes, a LOT. Mommy is impressed. We of course want to know if the edits, etc are on actual PAPER cos that’s the best part…

  9. Very impressive Chey… and your human is pretty impressive too! We enjoyed the tour!

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