I signed up for another blog tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. (They’re SO easy to work with!) It started on Oct. 30th and it will end Nov. 10. For the first tour, I did questions and answers at each stop. This time, I chose to put up a different excerpt each time. I don’t know if the tour will help me sell more books. If it does, that’s wonderful. If it gives me a few more reviews, even better! But there are no guarantees.
What I love about the tours, though, are visitors’ comments. Even just a “sounds like a good book” makes me happy. “I like the excerpt” makes my day. In SPECIAL DELIVERY, Karli is a travelling nurse. My daughter is a travelling nurse, and adding that into the romance’s story line made it more fun to write. One visitor commented that her sister was a travelling nurse, and it gave us something we could both relate to.
Once this book goes up on Nov. 7th, I’ll have a year before my mystery’s available, so I decided to write a romance, chapter by chapter, to post on my webpage in the meantime. I have to admit, I had three brothers and an idea that just kept surfacing in my head, over and over again, that just didn’t want to go away. I kept telling it to. “No more romances for me,” I told it. “Only think of new mysteries.” But my brain doesn’t pay any more attention to me than my chihuahua does. So I sat down and wrote the first chapter, and I really liked it. I posted it, then sat down and wrote the second chapter. I liked that, too.
I can “pants” it for one or two more chapters, and then every pore of me will crave some kind of assurance that I’ll have enough ideas and head in the right direction, so I’ll have to sit down and write plot points. I have so many friends who are pantsers and write beautiful novels, but I just can’t do it. I’ve tried. (Don’t ask). I’m already jotting down ideas for what can go wrong in this story. And since I’m really posting a first draft–since I can’t give it to my critique partners to clean up first–I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.
I’ve shared that I like to divide my novels into fourths when I plot. But I recently saw K.M. Welland’s Nano outline to keep your story on track. I’ve been writing a long time, but it still boggled my mind. I’m thinking of giving it a try, even though I might skip a few steps along the way, so that I don’t scare my brain into a serious retreat. I’m not sure if it will work for me to be this organized, but I’ll find out. If it overwhelms me, I’ll go back to what I usually do. And that’s the thing about writing. There is no right or wrong way, and you can always regroup and rewrite. Anyway, in case you like nailing every trigger point in your story, here’s her link: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/
If you’re trying to pound out 50,000 words this month for Nano, good luck! If you’re like me, and Nano is the stuff of hiding under the bed, happy writing anyway. Have a great November!
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