I would like to thank Kenzie Cade for stopping by on her tour for Son of a Fish and talking about Preparation. Check out Brandilyn’s review here. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Title: Son of a Fish
Author: Kenzie Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Hi guys!! Thank you so much for having me! I’m Kenzie Cade and my new short story, Son of a Fish, just released on June 1st as part of Dreamspinner Press’s Daily Dose 2014: Mended.
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the art of writing and what it takes to make that first step. I’ve been told it’s The Creative Process. It’s a mystery, you know? Sure there are actual steps: preparation, incubation, illumination, and implementation. But come on, that’s just the basics. Trust me. If you were to ask five writers how they prepare to write a story, you’d get five vastly different answers.
Since I’ve started this thing called writing, I’ve heard a lot about the creative processes from other authors. And you can hear it all day from someone else, but until you actually start your own, you have no idea what it entails. What works for one person may not work for you.
So that’s what I did. I found what works for me.
I thought when I started writing that preparation would be easy for me. I mean how many people do you know who keep spreadsheets of spreadsheets? Hi. My name is Kenzie, and I’m strangely obsessed with Excel. But preparation takes more than having your computer on hand when you’re ready to write. It starts with the inspiration for a story, research, notes, pictures, ideas, and for some authors, outlines. I hate traditional outlines. I’m more of a pantser who knows where I think the story is going to go. That’s not to say that it won’t change down the road.
Now as for the physical preparation, we’re all different. I’d say you should get plenty sleep, but who am I kidding? If you’re a writer or an artist of any type, you know that you subject(s) take some weird sort of pleasure in keeping you up at night. So take it where you can get it. On my desk is my computer, a bottle of water, some pictures of my family and a poster that reminds me to take each day as it comes. These things are pertinent to my writing. I also have a bottle of water, a Red Bull, and most likely a Coke. I don’t drink coffee—which is sacrilege to some authors, but whatever.
My point is every story starts off differently. The way I prepare to write a story and the way that my friends and mentors prepare are completely different. The truth is: you have to find what works for you. What works for you probably won’t work for someone else. If there were a universal formula for writing, we’d all be doing it. But there’s not. That’s what makes us artists.
My advice for preparation: Be yourself and do what works for you. It may take time to figure it out, but you’ll get there. So will I.
From the Publisher:
Sam Crowe lives a quiet life. He’s a freelance journalist and sometimes fiction writer. His world is turned upside down when love lands on his doorstep—literally, while cursing up a G-rated storm. Son of a fish, indeed. Casey Sanders doesn’t know whether it’s good luck or bad when he slips and falls on the icy steps of his apartment building, but the hero who comes to his rescue is worth the discomfort.
Their attraction is instant, but Sam is certain Casey’s flirtation and kind words are a result of the pain medication. But Casey is persistent and won’t give up until he has what he wants. And what he wants is Sam.
About the Author
Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes to fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel
The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story.
Contact Kenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find her online at her blog: http://kenziecade.wordpress.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kenziecade.author; and on Twitter at
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