Adventure 148 ~ Diary Of A Romantic Novelist [Day 27]

beginningWell, the results of the editorial jury are now in and for today’s adventure, I spent a bit of time reading through all the feedback and deciding how I would make use of it.

I feel as if I’m standing on a threshold today ~ a new point of departure πŸ™‚ . By the way, the running adventure I described in today’s video actually happened in 2010. You can read all about it here.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 144 ~ Diary Of A Romantic Novelist [Day 26]

Today I have two adventures to tell you about! Last night I had a really helpful chat with writing coach, and published author, Katherine Bolton. She helped me to make a final decision about whether the Mills & Boon route was right for me, and she gave me some top tips about how to find the right publisher. You can find links to the book and website I mention in todays video here [ Writers’ And Artist’s Yearbook] Β and here [Romantic Novelists’ Association.]

Today, I took some of Katherine’s advice . I also talked to a complete stranger about my book and their response was rather promising πŸ™‚ .

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventures 137 – 139 ~ Diary Of A Romantic Novelist [Days 19-21]

Over the last three days, I’ve enjoyed the gifts of dissociation, gained insight into my own need for internal peace and quiet, and gained a greater understanding of Β the workings of the main female character . More importantly, the main female character has now made it up to Inverness (she was stranded in Peterborough for rather a long time!) The big “meet” is about to take place πŸ™‚ .

Today’s video is an amalgamation of the last 3 days of writing adventures ~

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventures 134 – 136 ~ Diary Of A Romantic Novelist [Days 16-18]

blog speedIn the last three days of my romantic fiction writing adventure, I have Β :

  • Had another hefty dose of writers’ doubt
  • Learned about the power of dialogue
  • Realised that there is real benefit in slowing right down
  • Explored the notion of attachment

Today’s film is an amalgamation of the last three entries to my video diary.

 

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventures 130 – 133 ~ Diary Of A Romantic Novelist [Days 12 – 15]

write for long enoughIn the last 4 days of my romantic fiction writing adventure, I have discovered that if you write for long enough, you eventually bump into yourself! Today’s video, which merges the last 4 video diary entries, sees me ~

Receiving a direct personal message

Beginning to experience creative writing as a rapid route to personal discovery

Stumbling across a powerful and “moving” literary device πŸ™‚

Outlining the entire plot of my book

I’ve been busy πŸ˜‰

I am just going outside and I may be some time.

JT

 

Adventures 126 – 129 ~ Diary Of A Romantic Novelist [Days 8-11]

Theadlampshe last four days have been packed with writing, learning and adventure! I’ve had my first dose of “Writers’ Doubt” , I’ve learned how to slide into writing mode without causing my fictional characters too much distress and I’ve received my first piece of feedback.

Two more tragic deaths have occurred (I know – alot can happen in four days) and I’m learning to get comfortable with writing even in conditions of “poor visibility”.

I’m editing like Stephen King and gaining confidence in the natural direction of my story.

In short, I am beginning to feel like a real writer πŸ™‚ .

You can watch the highlights of the last 4 days here ~

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 123 ~ Be Like Anton Chekhov [Day 6]

Chekhov QuoteFor today’s adventure, I start to get real with the leading lady in my romantic novel! A quote from Anton Chekhov, and yesterday’s interview with my friend Tiffany Kay, got me thinking about how true to the “real” female protagonist I was being. I spent the morning putting myself in her shoes and inviting her true character to unfold.

Chapter one has been edited : the action is the same but the character’s responses now feel really authentic. I sense I have something more stable from which to launch the rest of the story.

Now that I am no longer ” lying” about who the heroine really is, I can relax in the knowledge that all I have to do now is follow her all the way to the end of the tale. Well, that’s the plan anyway πŸ™‚ .

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 121 ~ Get Emotionally Connected To Fictional Characters [Day 5]

Phew : that was a toughie! I am just emerging from a 2-hour writing session and I’m emotionally wrung out. Romantic fiction might be a light read but it is far from a light write :).

I’m not only learning that writing brings emotions to the surface (and that those emotions can be used to move a story forward), I’m also learning that to write romantic fiction, you have to fall in love with your own fictional characters. And when you fall in love with them, you care what happens to them.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT