Let the celebration begin! Beckett Pierce’s story has officially entered the editing process, which means – barring any notes from the publisher that say “Worst book ever. You need to go get a day job,” – you’ll be reading it at the end of April!
This is the part of the writing process where I go into my little coma and don’t write for a bit. I’ll read the 137 books that have piled up on my desk, binge watch something on Netflix (I’m dangerously close to finding out who Gossip Girl really is!!), and tackle some kind of home organizational project that has been irking me since I started the last book.
The writing process for me is a roller coaster of emotion … and eating. There are days when it goes so well, I feel like a professional. Then there’s days where I’m convinced that I’m writing gibberish that wouldn’t even sound good if someone read it with a British accent.
I thought I’d give you a little peek into my brain and how it functions while writing a book. There are several confusing, nonsensical stages:
- Idea: In this stage, an idea careens into my head and I fall in love with it, convinced that it’s genius and beautiful and romantic and exciting. In Pretend You’re Mine, it was the scene where Luke comes back from deployment. I built the rest of the book around that.
- Outlining: This is a new, yet very important stage for me. I don’t know how my first two books weren’t complete disasters without an outline. During this stage I try to map out all the important parts, how they meet, what the conflict is, how many sexy times there are, and how they get to happily ever after.
- Writing: This stage goes something like this. OMG, this is amazing. I would totally read this! Wait, that’s a huge plot hole. How am I going to fix that? I don’t really like this character right now. Oh, that’s funny/sweet/hot! I’m back in the game! What’s another word for walked/said/smiled/sighed? How many sex scenes is too many? I’m hungry. Why does the cat want out AGAIN? There’s no way I’m hitting 3,000 words today. How do you spell _____? I’m thirsty. Ugh, this scene is so boring! The readers are going to hate this. Or wait, will they love it? Is this even good anymore? I’m so confused … and hungry. Agh! I’ve been writing for 42 minutes … FOREVER! This goes on for between eight to ten weeks.
- More Writing: Even with a carefully crafted outline, new scenes and sub-plots pop into my head constantly. So I’ve got to incorporate them into the framework and make sure they don’t destroy the entire storyline. This happens concurrently with stage 3 over the course of eight or ten weeks.
- The Last Week: Once I glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel, I run for it. Or rather I slowly drag my bruised and battered brain toward the finish line. I skip grocery shopping, the gym, showering … It’s not pretty. But when I’m done …
- The Four-Second Celebration: OMG! I wrote another book! I’m amaz— Oh, crap. I have to edit it now?
Once the writing part is done, the book undergoes close scrutiny by my publisher Aubrey, Mr. Lucy, a few beta readers, and my eagle-eyed proofreader. I am forever grateful for those eyeballs. They save me and my past English teachers considerable embarrassment.
In the immortal words of Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it’s all part of the experience.
So, there you have it. My writing process. Or as I like to call it, my Writing Hot Mess. Keep an eye out for the second Pierce Brothers Book at the end of April. Beckett and Gia are sweet, sexy, and very spicy! If you haven’t read Carter and Summer’s story No More Secrets, check it out on Amazon. Happy reading!
P.S. Now, who wants to help me organize my closet?