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A WRITER’S SOUL: My Weekly Goals & Such

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Happy Sunday! July has been going great! I’ve been working hard on another paranormal romance set in the world of Falls Creek, my fifth book goes live TOMORROW, AND I came up with the story for another character mentioned in the Hearts Duology! Plus, the readers group on Facebook is almost at 100 members (I know it’s a small number, but I’m so thankful for everyone).

Let’s see how I slayed my goals last week:


1) LAST WEEK’S GOALS:

*This month I’m working on a project for Camp NaNoWriMo. That means the entire month is devoted to completing the draft for Worth the Fight (Another Falls Creek Romance Novel, #1). Finished Act One (I write in three acts). I have 18,070 words as of Saturday. My goal is 50,000 by July 31st. 

*I’ll also be promoting Blessed Hearts (comes out July 10) and Cursed Hearts this week. I’ve been doing a daily countdown with teasers.

2) THIS WEEK’S GOALS:

*Continue working on Worth the Fight. This week’s goal is to add 11,291 words to give me a grand total of 29,361.

*Continue planning Finding Me.

*Re-read Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles, Book Four.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

My favorite passage, so far, is one delivered by Edwina Devereaux. A little backstory: she’s a vampire who was born into slavery (1861). She became undead 25 years later.

Endure

This female has been through so much in her time on earth. Her story almost hurts to write, especially how her partner in crime [Hank Richards] wants to protect Edwina and shoulder some of her pain.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK:

I think containing my thoughts qualifies. When I sat down to write the Hearts Duology, I intended two books. Then those who read the stories asked about the other characters. I thought about it and figured three more stories: Edwina & Hank, Nathan & a Siren, and Brady Romero (the sexy werewolf owner of Balls Up!) & Audra Nevers.

Well, I got the twisted idea that since the Fates were screwing up everyone’s lives, theirs should get messed up as well. I had to find the right male or males to do the damage. Enter the Judges, three men who judge the souls of the dead in the afterlife. Then, I had the idea for a different love story involving Uraeleus—the dark wraith who sits on Council. What if he fell in love with a human?

And now I’m adding a story for Colt Najex—the sexy incubus who’s being tormented by his father. I liked the idea of writing more about him, but couldn’t come up with an idea. While doing some sewing (yes, I do enjoy crafting) Colt spoke to me. It was a simple, yet deep quote that came to me:

Lighthouse

That passage was quickly joined by another quote:

Finding You

Soon I had three quotes and a dialogue between two men. I have a real story idea that I’m eager to explore.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:

I’m loving the research going into Worth the Fight. Although I’m adding a historical element to the story, I didn’t want to bend history to suit my purpose. So, I had to figure a way to make Edwina’s tale yield to historical fact. In my opinion, it’s okay if a story makes you think and you do your own research to check out a fact. It’s not okay if you research and come away with the thought ‘that so didn’t happen’ because it wasn’t possible. That only works if you’re writing an alternative history story (something I may do one of these days).


How I’m feeding my soul this week…

I’m reading Elise Kova’s The Alchemists of Loom. It’s epic fantasy, something I haven’t read much of, but the story is good so I’ll keep going.

That’s all for now.

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