I have three more chapters before I reach the end of romance six–at least, the first draft. I’m happy with the book, the story and characters, but I hate it right now. I’m so sick of writing it, and so ready for the next book, I can hardly stand it. Every writer is different, but until I can hardly stomach a book, I figure something’s wrong with it.
I had this book so plotted out, I thought for sure it would have to behave. But I’m here to tell you, you can plot out events in a book, but once a character comes to life, you’ve lost leverage. He or she might do what’s in your outline, but the whys and wherefores get bent beyond recognition. And darn it all, you end up liking a character who started out as a pill. Two of my characters switched sides on me in this book, and a new character wriggled into the story and made herself at home. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but people who tell me that if they plot, it ruins the surprise of writing the story, must be better at discipline than I am.
Oh, well, this is a shorter post than usual, because if I were to give anyone advice on writing right now, it would be DON’T DO IT. Even though, a week from now, I’ll be all gung-ho again. So I’ll spare everyone my end-of-book blues and hope that YOUR writing is going swimmingly well!
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