It's Like I'm a Translator…for a bunch of People on Speed
Thanks for having me here during my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour, which launches my award-winning contemporary romantic suspense, Lancelot's Lady. I'm often asked how long does it take me to write a novel and do I use an outline, so today I'm going to share with you my very professional writing process.
The writing time varies per novel. My first novel Whale Song took 3.5 months; Divine Intervention took 4 months; The River took 5 months; Lancelot's Lady took 5 months; Children of the Fog (not yet published) took 6 months; and Divine Justice (also not yet published) took 6 months. Books that need more research will generally take longer for me to write as I sometimes get caught up in the research and in trying to make things work my way.
I don't do full outlines. I make notes and save them in a file when I get a "plot burst", but other than that I don't write with an outline. Before writing the first word, I mentally see the opening scene and many in the middle (turning points) and I always know how it will end. While writing, the movie plays out in my mind like a movie and I have to type really fast to keep up, which is hard because I never learned how to type properly.
It's like I'm a translator...for a bunch of people on speed. These hyped up characters tell me the story and I try to keep up. Sometimes I have to tell them to slow down or speak more clearly. Sometimes I have to question them: "What do you mean you want to_____?" Sometimes I have to take a break and let them chatter by themselves. Later, I get them to start at the beginning. Some days I feel like I'm their psychologist; other days I feel like I need one.
Yes, I hear voices in my head. But they're not mine. Really. I am an author. And there's no 12-step program for me. Now I must leave you for today as I have a woman (she's trapped in a car underwater) who's yelling at me to finish writing her story. But I invite you to check out Rhianna and Jonathan's story. Their voices are quiet whispers now…
Lancelot's Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.
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Writers, what is your writing process? Full outline? No outline? Fly by the seat of your pants? Readers, how long do you think it takes most authors to write a novel?
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