Finally, I have started writing my first novel. For real this time. I had written a couple of chapters some time ago but they’ve been scratched. Not so much from the fact that they’re no longer any good or where I want to go with the book but that I have learned so much about the craft of writing since then.
In the meantime, I’ve been laying groundwork. I’ve established a base and have the best followers on Twitter. I’ve gotten involved with the most awesome, talented group of writers on Triberr. From there, I have met and made great friends in the writing community who are more than willing to lend advice when asked. So, I figure it’s time.
For well over a year, I’ve been making notes and jotting down dialogue. I’ve learned to keep a pen and pad of paper by my bedside. My imagination is never quiet. Before you know it, the light comes back on well past midnight and I’m jotting down more ideas.
For a while, I had a hard time deciding whether to pursue writing a true Romance, with a hint of erotica, or a Paranormal Romance geared more towards a young adult audience. I’ve got good storylines for both. After a great friend, who is a published author and who will be editing my work, read my writing, he said definitely the true Romance should be my chosen path. Thus, I have allowed the love affair between my two main characters to begin. Believe me, they are more than ready to have it be told.
So far I’ve got the outline mapped out, set all the margins and formatted my paragraphs beforehand rather than do it after-the-fact, and the character names are now etched in stone. I make a point of saying that because I’m terrible at coming up with names and titles. That in and of itself was a small hurdle to overcome.
Now, after only three paragraphs and 500 words into it, I find the setting of where my story begins has me going to the library to do some quick research. I don’t mind at all. First off, I love the library. Second, I even love research. I actually discovered a whole book while I was at the library, a treasure I wasn’t even looking for, that will enable me to develop one of my characters even deeper.
I’ll be commenting here, every now and then, to bring you up to speed on my progress. Please feel free to tag along and enjoy the journey with me. Hopefully it won’t get too bumpy.
Gail Gentry, Author