It’s over! I’ve done it. With the exception of Thanksgiving, I’ve written every day in November. I reached 50,000 words about 10 days ago. My goal was to take it a step further and finish the first draft, which I found a bit more challenging…. but I did it. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Wrap-up”
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.
I’ve written every day! I’m well over half way! I’ve written 34,960 words! My goal isn’t only to get to 50,000. My goal is to finish the first draft. So we’ll see. If I’m going to challenge myself, I might as well go all in. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo – Progress Check-in”
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”
It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I’m going to join the frenzy of other writers around the world collectively, yet individually working towards a goal of writing 50,000 words towards the completion of a novel during the 30 days of November. Sound crazy – yep! Continue reading “NaNoWriMo”
One of the most unexpected things about my writing journey is the surprising number of very random things I’ve learned about for the benefit of my stories. Continue reading “The variety of things learned”
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…”
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?”
It’s been many months since I finished writing my second story, On the Line. When I was done, I let it settle so that I could shift my focus to editing and resubmitting Discovering Our Story. Now that I’m shifting back to this story, it is like I am reading it again for the first time. I love when I get to a bit of dialogue or character description and I think – Ooh, that’s good! Continue reading “Did I write that?”
My apologies for the long hiatus. It wasn’t the plan to take the whole summer off from blogging, but that seems to be what happened. However after a break to refresh and then focus on the final changes needed to prepare Discovering Our Story for submission to digital imprints – I am pleased to say that this submission phase has come to an end. Now I cross my fingers and wait. Continue reading “Where have I been?”