I write to keep me sane. I write so that my words may outlive my life. I write to find redemption

Saturday, February 26, 2005

writing is like pulling teeth sometimes

When i was in high school I would write novellas. They were my version of a Sweet valley high type story. And the words would just pour out of me. I wouldn't have to think of where my story should go, it would just naturally flow from scene to scene. And nine times out of ten I would love what I wrote.
Now it seems the ideas come easily to me but the actual writing can be like pulling teeth sometimes. I think I am over thinking it. That is why I am trying to write the end of Come Back to Me without any any editing. I could get caught up in editing and re writing and never get anywhere in the story.

it's lonely at my msn group

Unfortunetly no one has joined my msn group yet.
Aren't there any aspiring romance writers who want to chat?

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Chick lit Versus Romantic Suspense

What to write? That is one of the questions I struggle with. Chick Lit and romantic suspense are the two catagories I have tried to dabble in so far. I Think I may try writing both just to see what I like more.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Tonight I began working on a new WIP( work in progress). I read a book on Writing that said if you write two pags a day you will have a book in three months. So I am going to try and write one page a day and have a book in six months or less.
In the meantime, I will continue to wrok on Come back to me. I am still muddling my way through chapter ten of that. I can not wait till I finish it so I can rewrite it. There are a lot of changes I need to make to that story.
Come back to me is about a woman running from a stalker. she left her fiancee the day before her wedding because the stalker found her. Now it is three years later and she has met back up with the her ex- fiancee who has no idea why she left him or that the stalker is closer than ever.
the new WIP will be about a woman who moves across the country to get away from her abusive ex-husband. Unfortunetly he finds her and kidnaps thier 3 year old child from her. A local cop goes above and beyond the call of duty to help her find her son. While they search for him they fall in love.

Monday, February 21, 2005

outline- what's that?

I am about six pages into Chapter ten of Come Back to Me now. I was planning a car chase for this chapter but instead, i ended up having the brakes fail in the car. That is a good example of how I never stick to my outlines. My characters seem to have a mind of thier own.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

why are my characters fighting ?

I wrote a few more pages of chapter ten. I am starting to like it a little more but I noticed that my hero and heroine are fighting all the time. Some love story, huh?

Chapter Ten is crap so far

I wrote one page of Chapter Ten on my WIP-Come Back to me. I immediently hated what I wrote. But I refuse to go back and re-write it right now. I just want to push through and finish the first draft. Then I can re-write the completed novel. But it
is hard to keep going with the story when you feel like what you just wrote is crap.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

joined a online writers group

Last week I joined a online writers group. It is a new group on yahoo groups. It is for writers who are new to trying to publish romantic fiction. I hope that by particapting in this group It will help me to stay focused on my writing. I worry about thier critiques. I have never had my work critiqued before. I know there is much I can improve on though.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Come Back to Me -WIP

I am posting excerpts from a work in progress of mine at my msn group.

The story is a harlequin Intrigue type novel called come back to me.

I realize that by posting it online I will never be able to send it away to be published. But I honestly don’t feel it is anywhere near publication quality work. It is just my first attempt to write this sort of novel. I hope by posting it online I will be able to discuss with others, who are also aspiring romance writers, ways to improve my writing. And that other aspiring romance writers will share their work at my man group and that I can give them my opinion on it.

The Commitment of Time to Write

This was originally posted at my MSN group
and I thought I would share it here too.

I am currently reading The Handbook of Novel writing by the editors of Writers digest.
On page 6-8 it discusses the time commitment to writing a novel. It said that to a person must write everyday for 2-4 hours a day.
This is one of the reasons I have not commited to my writing. It is like taking onanother job when but there is no way to know if it will ever pay off. am i
willing to spend all the time writing and then never get published. I have not decided that yet.
I just know that wheather I am ever published or not, I am a writer. I have been since i was 10 years old. I will sit and write and write stories for hours just because I feel the desire to put my words onto paper. Even if I am never published I know I will always have this desire. But I do not write on a consitent basis. I get inspired and write non-stop for days, weeks, months and then put away my writing for months or even for years.
So I know if I do want to become a published author I will have to decide to commit myself to years of everyday writing to improve my craft.
The odd thing is there is no other thing- painting, sports, etc- that I would dedicate hours to everyday. I have only one love- writing. It is not about if I want to write for 2- 4 hours a day. My fear comes from if that writing will ever amount to anything.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

About me

Well I started the first post with a spelling mistake. Typical me.

I am a a 27 year old woman living in the midwest. I have wanted to become a published novelist since I was 10 years old.
I haven't ever sent any of my work away to a publisher but I suspect I will need years of work on my craft if I ever hope to be published.
I have been reading You can Write a romance by Rita clay estrada and Rita Gallagher lately. There is a lot of interesting information in this book. I take it the authors are both romance novelists.
I don't think I have ever read any of thier books so I may see if my local library has any the next time I am there.
I am interested in getting to know others who desire to write romantic fiction. Or to talk about how they love romance novels too.
Anyone with a negative attitude toward romance novels, what I write in this blog or me personally I suggest you stay away from this blog and my msn group.
Negative comments and off topic comments will be deleted.
I welcome anyone who does share the desire to write romantic fiction or a love of romance novels to join.

The point of this blog

The reason I started this blog is to have somewhere to discuss my desire to become a published author.
I have started a msn group to try and meet others who would also like to become published authors.

Only those who want to talk about thier desire to write romance novels , need apply to join.


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