I started working on a new project today. I plan to do some binge writing over the next few days, so I thought I’d blog about it here. I’ll share what I did, how much I wrote (or didn’t write), and when or why I got stuck. I figure this will keep me accountable and maybe somebody out there would find it interesting. Mainly, it’s to hold myself accountable.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been pushing in my head for inspiration, which never works. I knew who my heroine was, but the story I’d originally envisioned for her just wasn’t working. Then I had the idea for a different type of hero. I liked him a lot, but there wasn’t enough there for a story. It’s strange, but a romance is never just the love story. That would be so boring. There’s got to be some sort of drama or action going on, too, to move things along. Since I write erotic romance, it also had to be sexy. That’s the part I was missing until the other day. I don’t even know how it came to me, but I remember going into a room to get something. Instead, I stopped because an idea had hit me — and it was the missing piece that brought the story together. I finally had the sexy conflict I needed to keep the plot moving with my two characters. (I never did remember why I went into that room.)
Scenes then came to me. That’s how my creative process works. Unfortunately, they’re never in order. So today was all about getting the big picture sorted out in my head. I ended up writing the synopsis. A synopsis is a 2-5 page summary of the story that publishing houses require you to submit with the full manuscript. It’s essentially the Cliffs Notes version of your story. Some authors wait until the very end to write these. I’ve come to realize that it’s helpful for me to write them first. Once I plot a story out, it doesn’t change much. If it does, the synopsis can easily be updated.
Anyway, today I wrote a 1,214-word synopsis. It helped me get some of those scenes in order. It definitely helped me flesh out my characters, especially the hero. He’s not the Alpha type I usually write, but I can tell he’s going to be a good one. I hadn’t really pictured this story all the way through to its end, but I came up with an idea that would tie everything up pretty nicely. And, no, that’s not a bondage joke. Ha. I’m happy with the progress I made today. It’s not quite there, but the story is starting to come together.
Tomorrow, I plan to work on Chapter One. Yay. Here we go.