ROW80 Check-in #101 My Writing Process

The writing challenge that knows you have a life.

My Sisters Demon coverMy fabulous friend, Julie Glover tagged me in this writing process hop a couple of weeks ago. She has a new release, My Sister’s Demon. Here are links to Goodreads and Amazon. It’s definitely worth checking out. 😀

I did a similar writing process post back in February. It was fun to look back at what I was working on then.

executive-assistant 300x200Back then, I was a month away from starting the story that would be accepted into the anthology that’s releasing June 20th! It’s already on Goodreads. Plus, I was also no where near close to having my next release, TAKING COURAGE ready for the send button. Last night, I sent the last set of edits back to my publisher and that story will be releasing very soon.

I can only hope to see just as much progress when I look back at this post a couple months from now.

What am I working on?

Hitting the send/receive button in Outlook hoping my next cover will arrive, lol. I’m working on the final scene in my WIP before I start working on guest posts for my next release.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I love romance and that will always be up front and center in my books. I also enjoy adding a bit of kink to my stories and the D/s relationship hits the spot for me. So far, all of my stories have been about strong career driven women who find their one and only in the middle of their work day. They love their jobs and they’re passionate about their men. Yes, my leading ladies are lucky, but I make them work for each of their happy endings.

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I like to read. It’s that simple. I love hot romances. I love finding broken hearts and gluing them back together. It’s what I do and I love it.

How does my writing process work?

Once the first draft is done, a long series of read throughs begin. The first couple of passes I edit for story arch and then character arch. I usually add several thousand words during these read throughs. The last couple of passes are for sentence structure and anything else I find that I can tighten. Once my betas offer their feedback, it’s back to the read throughs until the manuscripts shines and then I hit send.

I’m mostly a plotter, but I pantsy my way through each book. Until I’m done with that last read through, you never know what I might change.

I’m tagging Denise D. Young, Beth Camp, and Elizabeth Anne Mitchell to continue this writing process hop.

The Goals – week-8 results

  • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters-  done.
  • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting- done. The plans for my WIP were interrupted on Monday morning when my edits arrived for TAKING COURAGE. It took me four intense days to go through the edits, add to a couple of scenes, add an epilogue, and do one last slow read through. On Friday, I opened my WIP and read through the new scene. Then late yesterday, I received the last set of edits. Did I go to sleep or did I open it? Of course I opened it, lol. It took me no time to go through her latest edits. I reread the passages that worried me and added a word that woke me up in the middle of the night. That one word clarified something in the epilogue. So glad I remembered. Yesterday, I did get back to the WIP. The final scene isn’t done, but it’s close.
  • Take care of and be kind to myself (start w/ a relaxing ritual, the healthy journey, and daily breaks from technology)- kind of done. It was an intense week. The daily breaks didn’t happen. But, I did see Lucius and The Head and the Heart this week at our local State Theatre. Wow. What a show. They gave me plot bunnies for three books. Amazing. Got to love live music and a midweek date with the hubs.

What you might have missed here this week:

Inside Look with Casey Moss author of Open World (C.O.V.E.N.)

Mid Week Tease – Love Me Now

10 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #101 My Writing Process

  1. Good to see you staying busy with the writing! I’m excited that you wrote a short story. I’ve surprisingly enjoyed writing shorts very much. Best wishes with the edits and upcoming release. Looks like you’re staying on target all the way though.

    I appreciate you sharing your writing process. I usually find some gem when I read about how others do it. I also have plots that seem to veer off from my original plans, but I always like the result when I allow a few things to change.

    Thanks so much for the plug for my story!

    • Definitely busy and nervous. 🙂 Our word limit for the anthology was 10,000. I used every single one. There may only be one setting and it takes place in just about 24 hours, but there’s a lot of story in there.
      I’d really like to hit send on my current WIP before the end of this round. I’ve got a lot to do before then. Yikes!
      Thanks for tagging me, Julie and congratulations again on your release.

    • Thanks, Jennette. Sometimes I think I’m settling into my process and then I think about changes things too. I wonder what my process will be a year from now???

  2. I love your commitment to the multiple read-throughs. It’s so crucial to producing an author’s best possible work. Too many novice authors don’t understand just how many times they’re going to have to go through their story – if they want it to be the best it can be, that is. 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement.

    • I didn’t realize either on my first WIP. I remember being frustrated and thinking I’ll never be able to do this since my WIP was still crap after one read through. Then I read how many times Sara Brookes reads hers and it was a light bulb moment. 🙂

      • It is quite possible for an author to get very tired of the work by the end – even though the last draft is so much better than the first. The first draft of the book I co-authored would only have sold well as a sleep aid. 🙂

  3. Thanks for tagging me. I’ll get my writing-process post up ASAP.

    Your revision process sounds like a great approach. I’ve finally got my drafting process down, but I’m working on finding the right way to revise.

    Happy writing!

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