Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Ring of Power: CP Bialois

Today on the Blog Ring of Power we have CP Bialois to talk about the writing process. You can find the rest of CP's interview at the following links:

Part One (About You)--Emily
Part Three (The Creative Process) 6/25/13--Dean
Part Four (About Your Current Work) 6/26/13--Terri
Part Five (Words of Wisdom) 6/27/13--Theresa

What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc.

My process is pretty open in that I can sit down and write at any time of the day. I try to wake up early so I can do my networking and play a couple of games. I claim it’s to take away any excuse I have not to write, but it’s really me trying to wake up. I prefer pen and paper, but I do use the computer for short stories or novellas. Writing on paper forces me to organize my thoughts and the stories seem to flow better. There are times where working at home just isn’t possible (Thanks to our pets), so we go to the library, Starbucks, or Panera.  

How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?

It’s not an easy job, but I try to get everything else done in one or two days so I can focus on my projects the rest of the time.

When do you write?

Usually in the early afternoon or evening. It mostly depends on when our pets decide to leave me alone for a while.

How much time per day do you spend on your writing?

That depends on the day. There are times where I’ll spend up to fourteen hours writing or editing and others where it’s only a handful of hours.

What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written?

Having a couple of people break down in tears when one of my stories touched them.

What is the strongest criticism you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment?

Being told something was or is badly written is about as bad as it can get for a writer. The best was having someone tell me they loved it and couldn’t put it down. It took a while for me to come down from that. Lol

Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?

My friends and writing community. All of my friends are highly supportive and give me grief when I kill their favorite character or don’t have a sequel ready yet. The writing community in general helps a great deal as most want to see you succeed and will offer any help they can. It’s something I really appreciate and reciprocate at any opportunity.

How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?

I take them in stride and dissect them. I figure they may have a point so I go through them one by one and see which ones I agree with and which ones I don’t. I even ask my wife and a couple other people here and there if they saw the same thing. If it’s an issue I can correct then I do the next time it crops up. If it’s a misunderstanding, they were being overly critical, or it was just their opinion I brush it off. You take the good with the bad.

Twitter: @CPBialois
Is your book in print, ebook or both? All are in both except for Stranger Passing.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

CP, I've found this community to be just as supportive!

Donna Hole said...

It would take me a long time to come down from the "couldn't put it down" high also

Nice to meet you CP :)


CP said...

Thank you. It's great to meet you guys as well. :)

Sarah Allen said...

Gotta love the Panera writers :) Great post!

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

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