A few weeks ago my friend Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam introduced me to the Writing Process Blog Tour informing me of her intention to bring me into the loop. It was not exactly like I had an option in the matter. She sounded unusually enthusiastic about this and I did not dare say no.
Last week Chioma shared with the world, details of her writing process and especially about her upcoming book to be published later this year by Ankara Press. Somehow, I have been a part of the journey of that book and I cannot wait for it to be released. It will be a befitting crown on my friend’s hardwork and I mean it, Chioma works hard. I am also confident it will be the beginning of many more great works to come from her.
In her post, Chioma handed the baton over to me, Robin Cain and Osemhen Akhibi. In like manner, I will be passing the torch to three great guys who I am certain will have very interesting tales to tell about their writing process. They are Nwachukwu Egbunike, Iweka Kingsley and Mazi Chiagozie Nwonwu. You will get to meet them at the end of the post when I am done answering the four golden questions of the tour.
1)What am I working on?
I am working on a novel. It is the same one I mentioned I was working on about a year ago in a similar blog tour project; The Next Big Thing. The work is still not done. I feel somewhat ashamed to admit this but that is the fact. It is now three years in the making. I have been working on it though. Making slow and steady steps. The title has since changed to “My mind is no longer here” and I am working with a new editor who gives me nightmares with the many red lines of tracked edits in each chapter she sends back. The nightmares are good though because I am currently doing a wholesale re-write of the entire story, introducing new characters, making existing ones more rounded and polishing the sentences. The important fact is that with the work (as I stated in The Next Big Thing) I am experimenting. I love to do that a lot and I will be offering a rather unusual form of the novel, structured rather interestingly with a plot that is almost non-existent I will either get a lot of bashing for this or a lot of thumbs up. Either way, I believe that will interest readers a great deal.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I guess it differs because it is me writing it. You don’t really go out to reinvent the wheel in whatever genre you are writing, you aim instead to create your own voice and show your style clear enough to leave an impression on the reader. That is what I aim for when I write. The difference in my writing is largely therefore a function of my literary influences, my own experience and the society in which I am writing. Usually, my stories tend to be a lot about socio-political issues prevalent in my society and about everyday human experiences as we battle to make ends meet in the system.
3) Why do I write what I do?
First I will say I write because I cannot not write. For my sanity and sense of fulfilment, I write. But beyond this, I hope to influence society in some way through my writing. I hope to also entertain and educate in the process. And yes, I hope one day to make enough money from my writing to not ever work a single day ever again.
4) How does my writing process work?
Is there really a method to the madness? Let’s see. My writing process is a typical storytelling process I guess. An idea pops in my head, instigated by an item in the news, a fellow I pass by on the street or even something from the past regurgitated by my memory. The idea is sustained in my head by a protracted course of daydreaming during which many layers are added to it or during which it wither away gradually, replaced by another idea. If it survives, I then get to the sitting down to give it life in words part which is the hardest aspect of the process I must say. The truth is, what comes down on paper or should I say on the Ms-word page on my PC are often not the exact ideas that had occupied my head…sometimes they take a different shape such that they look nothing like my initial thoughts when my fingers are done punching them out. Then there is the editing (sometimes by me and other times by a peer reviewer) stage, the self-doubt stage and the many other re-writes that follow.
So we are done. Here is passing on the torch to
Nwachukwu Egbunike who blogs at http://feathersproject.wordpress.com/
He trained as a medical laboratory scientist, practices book making and earned his first income as a cub reporter. Nwachukwu writes for Global Voices and Global Voices Advocacy. He blogs in Feathers Project and can be found on twitter as @feathersproject. His poem, Help was published in Okike Literary Journal in 1995. He is the author of Dyed Thoughts: a Conversation in and from My Country – a blunt socio-political, satirical and critical book of conversations on Nigeria’s contemporary history, which was published in 2012. His short-story, Stifled, was published on Sakanfo in 2013. Nwachukwu lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a media researcher with bias for social media, political participation and social movement studies.
Iweka Kingsley who blogs at http://iamscopeman.wordpress.com/
Kingsley is a Creative Writer with vast experience in Content Development, Content Marketing and Media Consultancy. He is the author of fiction novella titled DAPPLED THINGS published by Partridge Publishing, a Penguin Company in India. He manages a platform (Africa-ontherise) that delivers ONLY positive and progressive news about Africa. He is passionate about positive change for Nigeria and Africa, and this reflects very much in his writing and works.
Mazi Chiagozie Nwownu blogs at http://fredrnwonwu.blogspot.com/
Chiagozie Nwonwu is a writer with particular interest in speculative fiction and culture. He has written articles for several Nigerian newspapers and magazine, both online and offline. His fiction has appeared in Africanwriter.com, story time, Saraba, Sentinel Nigeria, naijastories.com etc. He lives in Lagos with his wife and two daughters.
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