Finishing Stories

Finishing stories has always bummed me out.

I’m referring more  to writing them than reading them—that sucks too, but when I have to finish writing a story with characters that I love, my entire being rebels against the idea. They aren’t just players taking the story from Point A to Point C for me by this point (and if they are, I’ve done something wrong) they’re people with lives that I’m interested in.

When I used to write only for myself (occasionally I still do) I wrote content that would be unreadable to anyone else—anyone who isn’t invested in them like I am, and that’s fine, because that’s on par with a journal. If I want to write it upside down and in Latin I can; it’s meant for my eyes only.

When I make the decision to share my characters and their story with everyone else, however, there comes a point where I have to say goodbye. And that makes me sad.

Last night—I should say this morning, because while I hadn’t slept yet, it was definitely morning—I was pounding out an important part of Irreparable Damage, and when I finally finished the last of the “night’s” to-do-list scenes, I heaved a sigh of accomplishment, shielded my eyes from the intrusive sun peering through the slats of the blinds, and then realized… I’m almost done with this book. Provided I get some writing done this weekend, the rough draft should be completed by Monday.

I expected to feel excited—this is the fastest I’ve ever finished a story before, and I already have a cover ready and waiting…this brings me one step closer to putting one more book out there into the world!

But it still made me sad.

Which is weird, because in this particular instance, there’s a book two featuring the same characters! So it’s not even goodbye, it’s just, “see ya later!”

Still, book two is not book one, their lives won’t be precisely as they are now, and even though the characters will come back and I will get to write them again, for now…it’s basically over. Just a few more crucial scenes to write, some things to tie up or set up, and then the journey is over for a while.

Plus, then I have to start editing. I hate editing.

That being said, I expect Irreparable Damage to be released in the very beginning of October (maybe even a little sooner, depending on how editing goes) and I’ll get to try out the pre-order feature for the first time!

Look for a blurb and maybe some teasers to pop up very soon! 🙂

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My Writing Process: A Blog Tour

My writer friend E.L. Wicker (a young adult novelist, whose first novel should be debuting soon) invited me to take part in this blog tour.

So, what is The Writing Process Blog Tour? Each author who is invited to participate in the blog tour answers four questions about their writing process. The author then introduces three other authors. The idea is to help readers discover other authors that they may not have known about otherwise.

Sounds like fun! So here is a little about my writing process.

What am I working on?
I’m always working on a bunch of different things, but right now I’m primarily working on two projects. One is a secret project that I will be announcing later on this month. 😉
The other story is a dark romance featuring Ethan, a private investigator who goes undercover to retrieve missing girls from a ring of sex traffickers, and Willow, the illegitimate daughter of a rival crime boss who gets mixed up in it.

 

How does my book differ from others in its genre?
Ethan and Willow’s story differs from what I’ve seen in the genre because Ethan isn’t the bad guy, but he does find himself trapped into playing that role briefly when he’s undercover.
It’s also different in that the character evolution isn’t like most of the dark romance I’ve been exposed to. The characters go into the situation as perfectly normal people, and then both of them change based on what they experience.

 


Why do I write what I write?

I usually write a story either because my characters have a story to tell, or because it’s a story that I want to read.

 

How does my writing process work?
My writing process varies. I’ve tried out different things. I used to write purely by the seat of my pants (but then there was a lot of bloat), then I tried to write using a very detailed outline (but then I get bored, because I know everything that happens).
I’ve found that what works bests for me is somewhere in the middle; now when I get a story idea, I grab a notebook or a Word document or my cell phone and write down as much as I can, usually an entire breakdown of the whole story.
The characters are already in my head at this point, and as I’m jotting down everything I know about the story, I get a better idea of who they are. Then I start writing their story and keep lots and lots of notes.
Then when it’s over comes the editing and rewriting to get the book all polished, pretty and ready for publishing!

 

Now it’s my turn to pass the torch!

I’m inviting Nenia Campbell to join the tour, and you can find her post HERE.

Nenia writes various genre-benders, including her IMA series and her Fearscape series. Most recently, she’s decided to try her own spin on BDSM erotica with Bound to Accept.

Nenia Campbell was born and raised in the United States. From infancy, she was fond of books- especially the cardboard ones; they were the most delicious. As she grew older, she learned that ‘devouring a book’ was a phrase not to be taken literally. As a result, she became a very enthusiastic reader. When she discovered that the stories she wanted to read did not exist she became an enthusiastic writer, as well.

More nominees to come soon…

Editing the Chapter That Never Ends

So, I did not realize that the chapter I’m currently editing in Because of You (I don’t even know what chapter it is for you guys, maybe seven or eight) is insanely long.

A lot happens in the chapter, but because the chapter is so incredibly, ridiculously, terribly long compared to the other chapters, I have these feelings for it:

Rookie mistake. There’s really no better way to make a chapter drag than to make it this much longer than any other chapter.

It’s nice that I don’t make these mistakes anymore, but let me tell you, fixing old writing mistakes? Not exactly a walk in the park.

Anyway, the editing was supposed to be done today, and it is not, because this chapter made me want to punch my computer in its face.

Poor computer.

That said, I’m still hoping to have the new cover on and the paperback copies of Because of You available on Amazon this month. So yay for that!

I also made this teaser.
Well, two teasers. One steamier teaser, one lovey teaser.

Because of you sexy teaser

Because of You tame teaser