What have you learned from writing your novels?
First, I’ve learned writing is hard work. It looks so easy – just put words on the page! – but there is so much more to it than that. Those words have to tell a story but also show the reader the story, to transport them to another time and place. Sometimes it’s really hard to get the right words in the right place. I’ve also learned to appreciate the novels that have touched my life in some fashion when I’ve read them. The author put a lot of work into their novel and now I know just how much.
I usually start with an idea along with a character. I often have the end in mind before most of the story. I don’t do an outline as such, but there comes a time when I have to sit down and plan out the story. For Dark Descent, which takes place from Halloween to Thanksgiving, I took a calendar page and listed the main events of each day so I could see the overall story. I did the same thing for Where The Heart Is, which is a romance serial I’m doing.
When I wrote most of Dark Descent, I’d put my laptop next to the bed at night and first thing in the morning (after hubby left for work) I’d write at least 500 words before getting on the Internet. Now that we have wifi that sorta doesn’t work, but I do try to write early in the day since my mind is fresher and not so cluttered. Sometimes, depending on what I’m writing, I’ll put on some music in the background. I love the original Conan the Barbarian soundtrack for fantasy pieces. I started writing seriously with three small kids at home so learned to tune out most noise like TV, music, yelling and such.
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