Chapter 1: Take 2

tu_fcrukljq-renata-tupynambaAs I mentioned in my last post (which was way too long ago), I started over. I had a timeline problem. I got a bit over zealous trying to correct that problem and created a few more for myself. So I’ve already decided to scrap this new version, but in the interest of transparency, I figured I’d share it anyway.

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Starting Over

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I once read somewhere–most likely in Stephen King’s On Writing–that if you get stuck, the problem is probably at the beginning. And boy did I get stuck…

I was having a timeline problem, and I knew I needed to start over and push everything back. So I did. And for a while, I thought that it was working. Then I realized I’d written myself into an entirely different corner.  Continue reading

Regrouping for NaNoWriMo

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResI’ve been struggling. But I already told you that. As I was twiddling my thumbs over my keyboard this month, I made a decision: I was going to give myself permission to focus on other ideas until November, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

I’ve been taking some time to think about where the story is going. What will be the catalyst to get Caleb and Audra together? Well, I got a little bit of inspiration from the weather. Continue reading

To Outline or Not To Outline

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Part of the appeal of this project for me was learning to write in a more structured way. I usually just wing it, but not this time… To that end, I keep Googling things like “how to write a romance novel.” One of the top answers to that question comes from the PBS POV documentary Guilty Publishers. Romance novelist Gill Sanderson gives some tips on how to write a romance, and there seems to be a lot of outlining involved.

Considering I’ve already written a couple of chapters, I don’t think I can follow Gill’s advice to the letter, but I can take a step back and follow that first little piece of advice:

  • Write a hundred-word outline of your story. You can think about it for a week, but writing it will only take an afternoon. Establish hero and heroine, names (important!), jobs, characters. Set the time and place. Are you going to write sweet, passionate, mysterious, religious, supernatural? Decide. Last and most important, what is the problem that is keeping your hero and heroine apart?

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Who Will Be Our Romantic Hero?

I started writing last week. I don’t know how much of it I will keep, or trash, or change, but I decided I needed to sit down and get some words on a page. So I took my laptop to the nearby Barnes and Noble, I ordered a chai, and I started typing.

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Playing the Hero, JD Hanckock, Flickr Creative Commons

For the time being, I decided  to set our story on a fictional New England island. (I had to do some research about lobster boats and other kinds of fishermen.) Setting the scene with a (not totally fleshed out heroine) was relatively easy, but when it came to bringing our hero into the scene…well, I stumbled. It’s easy to dream up a number of different characters, but what isn’t so easy is setting up conflict that will keep the story moving. Continue reading