Hello, gentle readers!
As you may know from reading my blog, I have just finished writing Wife For Hire and while it’s still going through critique and beta read, I have started a new story (it’s called Wife Wanted). To my way of thinking, there’s nothing more exciting (even more exciting that typing “The End”). This is where the fun begins, at least for me.
Now, I know there are authors out there who just sit down and begin writing…the plot, the characters, all of it, just coming to them as their fingers glide over the keyboard. Some need a little more, like the black moment before they can begin.
That isn’t me. There’s much to be done before I can begin working on the story.
It starts, of course, with an idea…the first blush of “What if…”. From there, it’s the character description and names (I try really hard to match the character name with how they are and what they look like. And yes, I use actors and actresses for that. In Angel in the Moonlight, my heroine looked like Catherine Zeta-Jones from The Mask of Zorro and my hero reminded me of Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck—well, maybe it was just their mustaches!).
Then it’s on to the plot points. I don’t write an outline as I have a tendency to veer off course and let the story take me where it wants to go.
And finally, the really fun stuff. Researching the time period, creating the town or ranch or farm where the action takes place, and the homes people lived in. Then—and I love this part—I get to look at the fashions of that time. Some of the gowns the women wore were just beautiful and I can imagine my heroine and her friends dressing like that.
After I do all that, I clean my computer room. I know it sounds odd, but that’s what I do. Once this room is clean, I can begin (it’s a routine and you all know how much I love routines…that isn’t to say I don’t clean this room during the writing process…I do. I have to. I share this room with my DH, who likes to leave little stickies all over).
So, with my computer room clean, my research all done and pictures saved, I have begun working on Gabe and Andi’s story. So far, it’s a hoot!
Until next time, remember to spread kindness wherever you go.