>Teaching an old dog new tricks

>How weird is it that when you need to finish a book, write an inspiring cover letter, or the best synopsis ever known to man (in my dreams!) your muse runs screaming under the bed and refuses to be coaxed out with either Cheetos or chocolate?  But finish a book, get in the brainstorming phase of another, and she flexes her muscles in front of you, pulling out all the stops to get you to quit all that silly pre-writing nonsense and “WRITE, Fool!”  Sheesh!  

Enter the blog post.  That’s writing, right?

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m on a mission –to try a new method of writing–something that will speed up my production and keep me from pulling my hair out halfway through the book.  I need a better road map, more details up front. So, for the last 4 days I’ve been working on a new idea with an external plot which will drive the action in a trilogy of books targeting the Silhouette Desire line. I’ve also been developing characters–3 couples and a few key secondary characters that I need to know in depth.

Starting with names and pictures, I’ll then choose their archetypes, which tells me now they’ll mesh and clash and change. Then I develop backstory, and take another look at the mesh and clash areas, personalizing them to fit the character.  This is the stage I’m at now.  Hopefully, when I’m done – I’ll have a rough sketch of how their romance will play out. Then I’ll begin a detailed outline starting with the major turning points, then filling in-between areas, fleshing out as I go, until I have a very detailed outline of each stand-alone book.

When I get to that stage, I’ll try writing a rough draft in 30 days.  This will be the hardest part for me since my internal editor never seems to turn off. In the event I can’t make it shut up, I’m hoping for at least a more cohesive and faster written 1st pass.

Just in case anyone out there is reading this and interested, I’ll post updates  – possibly weekly.

About Annie Rayburn/Carol Burnside

As an author of sizzling romance, Annie takes contemporary settings. and incorporates twists with sci-fi and paranormal elements.
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4 Responses to >Teaching an old dog new tricks

  1. >Hey, Carol, let me know how it works out! I’m always trying to come up with a better way to do things. This time, I’m trying the plotting board with all the stickies. 🙂


  2. Lynn Daniels says:

    >Sounds like you’ve got a plan! I admire your organization — I could never do what you’re describing. I’d get bored.I’ll look forward to your updates!


  3. randy says:

    >Carol, do you read Jenny Crusie’s blog? (I’d put the link here, but don’t know how.) The other day, I read about the process she’s been going through to come up with a story for an anthology. To me, watching other authors “do their thing” is fascinating. ‘Course everyone seems to need to find their own way, and the collage method doesn’t work for me (sure wish it did). Best of luck on your new effort!


  4. Carol B. says:

    >Yeah, I do read Jenny’s blog. I have it on my aggregator, but that collage thingie doesn’t float my boat. I need details, lots of details. LOL


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