The Slow Writer's Process

In light of my last post Oh Baby...Changes..., I feel this post is especially fitting. Finding time to fit in some writing time, quality or otherwise, has become quite the adventure. So I'm happy to sit down and revisit my projects and my process.

Thank you to Martha Reynolds for tagging me. At the end of this post, I'm supposed to tag three others...

Here are the questions:

1. What are you working on?
Mostly I'm working on blog posts, and getting myself organized for NaNoWriMo. My plan is to work on EMILY'S CHOICE for NaNo and get it all written up by the end of November. My goal is to have it done and published not long after Baby #3 arrives (before would be preferable, but let's not get crazy!). I'm also trying to work on some more of Mary's stories for THE HEART BETWEEN (a series of short stories) in preparation for Mary's own romance story (tentatively titled: FIRST LOVE), which will be a sequel of sorts for TO LOVE TWICE.

2. What have you worked on recently?
My last project was BACK TO DECEMBER, which I published on June 20, 2014. I've also been working on blog posts and getting back into the swing of things with social media and marketing, marketing, marketing.

3. Why do you write what you do?
They say to write what you know and I know romance and women's fiction. My favorite genre to read is romance, followed by romantic fantasy, followed by women's fiction. Some of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber and Laurell K. Hamilton. Having gorged myself on their books since I was old enough to read them, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of what readers are looking for in their romance books. Bodice-rippers are a fun, quick read...but more and more women (people) are looking for solid stories, complete with real plots and happy endings.

4. How does your writing process work?
Have you ever heard the term, pantser? That's me. What is a "pantser" you ask? It's someone who starts at the beginning and writes the novel flat out. No plans, no outlines, no nothing. We fly by the seat of our pants. So for me, I start with a general idea that I usually write down somewhere so I can refer back to it if need be. And I open up my Scrivener app and stare at the blank screen until inspiration hits. Typically the first few pages aren't hard to write as those pages have come to me with the idea. Usually around Chapter 4 I start to get stuck and have to step away and let my characters duke it out so the story will get back on track. I'm a slow writer, mostly because I let my characters do the majority of the work.

And now I get to tag three people! Sam Brady, Claire Baxter and Sadie McCurry!


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