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] ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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 ย :

  • 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.


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Outlining the entire plot of my book

I’ve been busy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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



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 ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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.


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I am just going outside and may be some time.




Adventure 118 ~ Write A Romantic Novel [Day 2]

A heavy day of coaching has meant a late adventure for today!ย On day 2 of my romantic fiction writing adventure, I make my final preparations before putting digits to keyboard ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I spend some time today finding a “way in” to the story. In addition to plot development (well, I didn’t actually “develop it”, I invited a loose plot ย to appear and it did!), a ย light bit of YouTube immersion helped me to get a better understanding of my heroine’s back-story and of ย the source of her unbearable guilt.

Conditions are looking good for tomorrow and we have clearance for take-off ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I am just going outside and may be some time.


Adventure 117 ~ Write A Romantic Novel [Day 1]

Cherry Tree 1Today’s the day I start my romantic fiction adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ . This first day has been all about getting my actors and theatre organised : I’ve even come up with a title!

I am noticing some interesting changes in me already. The most noticeable of those changes has been a desire to draw as part of the writing process. At this point it is important that you know that I was told by my art teacher at school that I had no talent for art at all. I never draw, paint or sketch. It just hasn’t been my thing. I believed the teacher.

Yesterday, I had the urge to buy myself some coloured pens and pencils when I bought my notebook. I respected the impulse and bought them. This morning as I “summoned” my characters to the theatre, I began to draw. It felt like the drawing was all to do withย me “seeing” the story more clearly. The act of drawing felt like a bridge between my world and the world of this emerging story.

Here are my reflections about my first day as an author ๐Ÿ™‚ ~

I am just going outside and may be some time.