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NaNoWriMo – Success

My first NaNoWriMo gets a big checkmark in the success column! Yay! I got to 50,000 words last night. Interestingly enough, it was right at the point in my novel when my characters said the L-word to one another.

I think I only have about 1/6 to 1/4 of the book remaining give or take. So with any luck, I think I can still finish. The days ahead get real busy with the holiday and such, but I think if I scrape together all my spare time, I’ll finish the first draft.

Can’t wait to share more about this book, but for now, I’d better quit blogging and get to writing.

NaNoWriMo update

Good news, I’ve been writing away like crazy. I’ve written 16,500 words in 7 days!! Only 33,500 to go. If I don’t stumble into a major writing block, I think I’ll get there.

Let me share my favorite passage I’ve written so far. Please excuse that it isn’t perfectly polished. When you are writing like a mad person, editing has to come later.  Continue reading “NaNoWriMo update”

Writing the “romance” in a romance novel…

Intimacy is abound in a story of two young adults falling in love, as it should be! I love writing about the stolen glances and the casual brush of the hand that is anything but casual so early on in a relationship. I love exploring the building tension that leads to the ubiquitous first kiss. I could write that all day. But falling in love typically also means falling into bed together – at some point anyway. Continue reading “Writing the “romance” in a romance novel…”

What’s my perfect romance novel?

Over the past few years, since I fell onto my romance writing path I’ve read MANY, MANY, MANY romance novels. I tried to guess a number, but I can’t even begin to calculate how many. I’ve read (and listened to) the greats: Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery and popular writers like Kristen Higgins, Brenda Novak, Jill Shalvis as well as much newer, up-and-coming writers – too many to name.

I don’t have a favorite writer. I don’t have a favorite book. But throughout all of my “market research,” I’ve found what I love about a story and what elements I can do without. Continue reading “What’s my perfect romance novel?”