Friday, 13 May 2011

My Writing Progress

Tonight I started my writing staring at my monitor wondering how to piece a scene together. I'm still not sure I've got it right, but the best bit about writing is editing... editing makes writers look so clever. I've learnt that much. (Although I wouldn't say editing is easier! Far from it.)

Then, events that lead from that scene flowed beautifully.

Steve does something utterly stupid, because yes, his brain is back down in his pants - he might be a celebrity, but he's also male, and Ruby goes off the wall at him. And I thoroughly enjoyed writing that moment.

I am slightly worried that the story, albeit a romance, isn't very romancey at the moment. Ruby is really the heroine of the story, and she's Steve's sister. Lydia, Steve's intended love interest is the secondary heroine. I've not even written anything in her point of view - and not sure whether to, actually. I'd say 85-90% is Steve's (I'm going to need a male proof reader aren't I, to make sure he sounds bloke-ish enough). The other 10-15% I've done in Ruby's.

But this story is about Steve and Ruby too. And I've decided that Ruby will find a love interest of her own. And thanks to my present I received yesterday (that I've now blogged twice about, thanks to blogger losing original post) I've got a visual for Brett.

I suppose when you read a romance like Mills and Boon you expect the Hero and Heroine to meet practically on the first page, or at least in the first chapter. But I'm not writing this for Mills and Boon, so hopefully it will fit somewhere. I'm going to write my story, then worry about the publishing side of things. Let's just enjoy the writing, huh?

Don't panic, I think I know what I'm doing...  

As anticipated, this story has taken over. I'm supposed to be doing my second fiction assignment, too... but have failed miserably. Maybe I'll get some extra time at the weekend, if I get my 1000 words out of the way early and all that.

Oh, and I've put a counter on my blog which I update each day with my new word count, so you can see how well (or badly) I'm doing for May - You Write Your Novel challenge.


  1. Blogger has been throwing a major hissy fit over the past few days. Posts and comments are disappearing all over the shop!

    What you said about enjoying the writing and worrying about the publishing side of things is such good advice. I didn't start my current story for ages because I couldn't see where it would fit. Still can't actually, but I've a long way to go before that becomes a problem!

  2. I'm liking the visual you've chosen!! He's rather yummy :)

    It's a great feeling when you manage to work through a part you initially felt was difficult isn't it. And you'r ticker is showing you going great at the MYWYN! Keep at it.

  3. Ah, Sarah, I'm glad you've commented again, as your other comment has disappeared and I'd been meaning to respond to your comments - I have decided to leave my notebook by my PC for inspiration.

    Yeah, worrying about it will come later. A friend to me to make the most of not having deadlines to meet... so that's what I am doing. Obviously, I would like writing to pay though... so Hubby doesn't start nagging about me getting a 'job' when the kids are older. Also, it would mean ditching my part time job at the 'corner shop', which drives me a little potty at times.

    Yes, Rebecca, Bradley Cooper is a bit yummy, and I just keep picturing him as Steve :D

    Hoping to get some more in today, if I can make sure Hubby entertains the boys.

  4. I think you have the right idea, Teresa. I wrote all my previous novel attempts with a specific market/publisher in mind and they were all failures. I didn't even enjoy writing them very much.

    If I ever have another go (and I might one day) I would definitely do my own thing and write to please me.

  5. Thanks, Gail. Yes, I think at the moment I don't have time to research publishers. And to be honest, you could chose one and they not be interested in you.

    I'm enjoying the writing, and hopefully that will show in the story, and someone will want to publish it some day. Though it needs lots of work and research. I'm sort of tackling it all the wrong way around. But it's making me aware of what I do need to go and research - if that makes sense? lol!


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