My Writing Process: A Blog Hop Stop

Blog Hops are these neat little things where different bloggers build bridges between their worlds and hopefully introduce their readers to someone new. There are all kinds of themes for blog hops. This particular one is about the writing process.

Sidney Williams from Sid is Alive passed the baton my way for this leg of the blog hop. Sid is a friend, colleague, and fantastic horror writer and I recommend that you check him out.

Now on to the questions:

What am I working on?

I have several projects under way. For the past six months I have been working on a manuscript for a horror novel (it’s Trainspotting in a haunted house) and a poetry collection with a friend of mine. I’m also doing a fair bit of copywriting and reporting regularly for GenuineOrlando.com.

And…I recently finished a one-month Bizarro writing workshop on Litreactor.com, hosted by one of the pillars of the genre, Rose O’Keefe (publisher of Eraserhead Press). I managed to crank out three short stories and I am putting together a few pitches for potential bizarro novellas.

This is by far the most exciting thing I am currently working on.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I’d like to think that it has to do with the referential nature of my writing, along with my talent for satire. My first (and currently only) novel, Leather to the Corinthians, is a bit of a genre mash-up that many found hard to describe. Perhaps that is not the best thing for marketing, but hearing someone say that you just HAVE TO READ IT TO UNDERSTAND IT…that feels great to me.

I have also been told that the book is weird, wild, bizarre, etc. I’ll take that too.

I wrote the book I wanted to write.

Why do I write what I do?

To kind of piggyback on that last thing, I write stories that I would want to read. I have experienced so much STORY in my life, through reading, watching, and playing. I am well read. I know formula, trope, and cliché. I am always looking for something original. I try to do that with my own work and present an original voice.

How does my writing process work?

I write every day, M-F. Sometimes on the weekends, but that’s typically only if there is a paycheck involved.

I need quiet. I need isolation. I am now at the point in my life where I have my own home office and that has made me much more productive. I am more creative when I am tired or after exercise, so I try to time my sessions to line up with these.

I can write at any time in the day, but until I do, I feel like I left something on the stove.

Or the water running.

Or that I am being crushed by 1000 pounds of dreams and expectations.

Also, I will listen to music that reinforces the mood of what I am writing. Many of my characters have soundtracks or playlists that help me stay true.

Who’s next on the Blog Hop?

I have chosen two wonderful writers for you.

Dominic and I have been friends since I started blogging. We met through WordPress. I love his stuff. He’s so damn authentic. You can find him here – eternalDomnation.com

Linda is a writer and folk artist, and she is amazing at both. Her blog is relatively new and each post is so very well crafted. Find her at: Lindapuritz.wordpress.com

11 thoughts on “My Writing Process: A Blog Hop Stop”

  1. Crap–I just got tapped to do this next week and was hoping to ask you to do it the week after! This thing is spreading like a plague. Seriously, though, it was fun to get a little insight into your process–and I can’t wait to read Trainspotting in a Haunted House!

  2. Tom, thanks for pulling me into this blog hop. It’s my first … and you know what they say about that…anyhow, first and foremost, thanks for your incredibly kind words and for linking my blog in. Really looking forward to crafting up my response, and hoping to engage a few of your readers too. I’ll check out Sid, too!

    Dude, I can’t wait to read your horror work. Leather was so eye-opening for me, not only introducing me to the genre but also to the world of satire-done-well (referential talent indeed). It’s crazy to think that in several years from now, you will have a body of work – books by Tom Lucas. And this upcoming book, your “sophomore effort” will be second from the left. I guess I’m visual – can’t wait.

    Thanks again…playoffs have definitely impacted my ability to write. But I’ll take it. :) Go Kings!

    1. Kings are CRUSHING IT!!!!!

      One day Dom, I hope that we both have a shelf of books with our names on it and I hope that I was able to bring you a few new fans.

      Rock and roll, buddy.

  3. First of all, I LOVE this:
    “I can write at any time in the day, but until I do, I feel like I left something on the stove.
    Or the water running.
    Or that I am being crushed by 1000 pounds of dreams and expectations.”
    No truer words have been spoken. THIS is how I know you are a writer. I am very honored to be tapped to blog it forward and will try to do you justice!

    1. I hope to bring many new readers your way, Linda. You have a great blog that I think many will appreciate. It’s been fun for me to watch it take off.

      1. I love seeing this sort of love. Good on you, folks – this is what blogging, social media, and content marketing need to evolve into across the board!

  4. Blog Hops sound like a neat way to collaborate and build teams around themes. Have you tried Squidooo or StumbleUpon? Those are fantastic for collaboration, spreading the love, and creating vitality.. If you can commit the time consistently!

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