Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Birth of a Novel January 2013 Progress with Flaws

I believe I'm going to start doing my Birth of a Novel posts just on the second Thursday of each month. It will make the labeling easier and I may have more to report by waiting a month.

Since it's been a few weeks, let's see if I can get caught up. Hm, yep, that about sums it up.

No writing so to speak until this past Monday, but the last few days have been a flurry of words. I've been working extensively on Fade Into Me. See the lovely word counters over in the sidebar? I had hoped to get it finished before ABNA, but that's not going to happen. And that's just fine.

The story is shaping up well. The first 100 pages are fairly polished even. That was Monday.

Tuesday I hit the end of the previous writing and reached the point where everything must be rewritten. I sort of dreaded it, but the last two days went well in spite of that. Why? Because I made myself sit down and keep writing. Whenever I got stuck I sat there and thought about my characters. What would they do in this situation. I mean really?

You see, I had stopped working on this wip because my characters changed (and it was boring). I've spent half a year thinking about them as individuals instead of as a couple. I discovered their fears and secret hopes, but most importantly I found their flaws. The previous draft was boring because there was no conflict.  Ryanne couldn't trust people, but Carter was perfect. Turns out that makes for a really annoying love interest.

Ryanne still finds it hard to trust because she now has some really dark things in her past. She also has some serious abandonment issues. But the real power boost to the story is Carter's flaws. He went from the attentive romantic to arrogant, stubborn, and blind to his own heart because he's always sought to fulfill his duty. It's providing a lot of great internal conflict as well as some punchy arguments. :)

My plan for the next month is simple. Write, write, write. I need to stay busy because February is so close and yet so far away! I'd love to reach THE END of this story before The Magic Wakes is released.

Which brings me to my question for you...

Would you like to host a blog tour post for me?

I had a blogger who needed to bow out of the blog tour. It wouldn't be a big deal, but they were the only one who chose to do the playlist post. I've already written it and could just post it myself, however, if anyone else wants to host it on their blog, I'd love to send it to you. Just shoot me an email. First come, first serve. :) charity.bradford @

UPDATE: I really have the best blogging buddies EVER! I had two offers before I woke up this morning. Rachel Morgan grabbed the music post. Thank you!