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  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 🙂 .

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  :

  • 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 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 🙂 .

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

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 125 ~ Slow Write Down! [Day 7]

Today I’m back at my writing desk and learning to adjust to the natural speed of my unfolding romantic novel. I’m learning to follow, rather than push, the pace of the story. I’m slowing down and noticing more : not just about the story I’m writing but about other things too 🙂 .

As I intend to write every day this week, I’ll post my daily videos on my YouTube channel and I’ll write a summary blog post (including an amalgamated video) every three or four days.

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 🙂 .

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 120 ~ The Further Adventures Of A Romance Writer [Day 4]

infographic adventureWow – it’s the last day of April already and that means guest adventures and a monthly adventure summary! But first to the action of the day.

Today’s adventure into the world of romantic fiction reminds me of the universal appeal of men in uniform (I just want you to know that it was my lead female character that demanded the uniforms and not me.)

With a much shorter writing window available to me, and in danger of feeling the pressure, I have carried my lessons that my previous adventures have brought me into today’s experience ~ placing my awareness on presence, connection and the opportunity for personal discovery kept me well and truly in the flow today 🙂 .

Looking back on this month of adventuring, I am amazed at what happens when you are prepared to pay attention to the “call to adventure”. I’ve received advice from Richard Branson, JK Rowling and Tony Robbins (my Invisible Counsellors) ; I’ve learned how to make video trailers ; I’ve hosted my own TV show and now I’m writing a book! These are all things that I had not even imagined last month. A real pattern is emerging and I’m beginning to piece together a way of sharing my adventuring experience and my adventuring philosophy with a wider range of people. This is far too good to keep to myself 🙂 .

Now let me introduce you to todays’ guest adventurer : Ian Barnfield who is a fan of the Paleo way of eating. In Ian’s video, you can watch thei thoroughly modern cave man try his hand at foraging for wild food . It’s really worth a watch.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 119 ~ The First Chapter Of My Romantic Novel [Day 3]

So. I did it! I’ve written my first chapter today and learned quite a bit in the process. And that learning is mostly about me : I found myself creating a ball-busting all-action heroine. Nothing feminine about her. Nothing soft about her. All too keen to take control and show the men around her how weak they are.

Oops. That is definitely not the stuff that Mills & Boon heroines are made of. I’ve taken on the challenge of adhering to the genre “rules” , so a small (okay quite large ) rewrite was required! The heroine is now much softer, more feminine, full of vulnerability, welcoming of protection. I can safely say that not only does she feel very “Mills & Boon” but she is also teaching me a thing or two about being a woman. I am watching and learning 🙂 .

With chapter 1 concluding with the tragic and untimely death of a gorgeous hunk of a man’s man (and with the added bonus of a vulnerable soon-to-be-guilt-ridden heroine in definite need of rescue) , I can feel the next chapter in my fingers already.

Here’s today’s video. I made 3 short videos over the course of my writing day and ventured into the world of merging 🙂

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

 

 

Adventure 110 ~ Read A Mills & Boon Novel

You might actually know me well enough by now  to raise your eyebrows at the thought of me reading a Mills and Boon romance. Well, as the saying goes, “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”

I’ve never read one of these books before and wondered what the experience might offer me. Watch today’s video to find out whether it was all hearts and flowers for me  (or not….. 😛 )

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT