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Writing Process Blog Meme

writerMy dear friend (in the real world as well as the virtual), Shari Pratt, nominated me for this writing process blog meme.If you haven’t visited Shari’s blog, she is quite a verbal artist. The mental images she draws with her words are stunning. She doesn’t post a lot, but what she says is so worth listening to.

The rules of this meme require I answer four questions about how I write and nominate three others. I haven’t done one of these in a long time–I’m generally an award-free blog zone–so bear with me as I stumble along.

What am I working on at the moment?

Too much! Here’s a run-down:

  • my primary WIP is To Hunt a Sub. I’m editing it–final edit (yeah right), with a goal of publishing this summer
  • a series of non-fiction books on integrating technology into the classroom
  • summer workshops for teachers and students (two separate workshops)
  • several articles for ezines I write for

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write thrillers, but mine include a lot of tech and science as the plot engine. It’s challenging to simplify for everyone, but provides ample twists and turns I can adopt. I have a few typical characters (a struggling grad student, brilliant undercover cyberwarrior, and a retired SEAL) and an AI named Otto I just love. He’s trying to take over the story. I’ve got control of him pretty well in this book, but the sequel–he breaks out.

That’s my long way of answering your question–my work is different because of this AI character.

Why do I write what I do?

I love the characteristics of mysteries and thrillers. They are always good plots and interesting characters. I enjoy trying to solve the problems ahead of the characters. Plus, their very nature–strong but damaged characters, fragile and superhero in equal measures, who fight the good fight, always growing by the end of the story and always a happy ending (indicating time well spent on this endeavor) appeals to my reading nature.

How does my writing process work?

I sit down. I write. Always on the computer. Usually between 7am and 8pm. I’m too tired by later. I jump between topics, focusing first on what must be completed by the earliest deadline.

That’s it! Time for nominations. I would like to nominate these three writers to participate in a Writing Process Blog Meme:

Random RoseRose

Confessions of a Writer--James

How the Cookie Crumbles–Tess

If you accept my nomination, you will write an article prompted by the following four questions and post it on your blog on Monday, April 28, 2014. You’ll also nominate three writers of your choice to post their articles on their blogs on May 5, 2014 (Tess: If you’re not back from China yet–and settled in–do it whenever you can!). The four questions:

What am I working on at the moment?
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Why do I write what I do?
How does my writing process work?

I completely understand if this ‘isn’t your thing’. No obligation. Just having fun!


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is  editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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28 thoughts on “Writing Process Blog Meme

  1. I am utterly amazed with other people’s writing processes (processi?) because they are all so vastly different. There are the people who write every day at the same time. There are people who aim for word counts. There are people who only write during the summer. There are people who are more “when the mood strikes me” kind of writers. When it comes to the actual results of my writing, I think that I’m different from other writers because of the stylistic choices I employ.

  2. Congratulations Jaqui and Oh my! thank you for nominating me. Am I a writer? I guess I am, I write :)
    I am truly honoured that you nominated me.
    I am just checking that I am reading the instructions correctly. I post mine on May 5 but the ones I nominate post theirs before that on April 28?

  3. Oh wow, your book sounds awesome. Something I, AND my boys, would love to read. You’ve got a great writing style and voice. So glad you shared the inside scoop with us all.

  4. Thanks for the nomination, Jacqui. Wow. Isn’t this a great way to get back in the swing of things after my vacation. I’m a writer? I’ll work on making something up that sounds good by Monday. :-)
    You, on the other hand, are a writing wobat. How you manage so many projects at once leaves me breathless. I love thrillers. You are seriously talented to write those.
    “…poverty of interests.” I love this!
    Sorry for late response. I slept for first three days I came home.

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