Paving My Author's Road

IWSG Day & Plotting Madness

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First, let me say this officially, Happy Anniversary Beverly Hills 90210!

Now back to regular blog hop programming. Is it 2018 yet? At the rate it’s going 2017 will be over in a blink of an eye, pardon my cliche. But that means another year of coming together. And offering each other support in our tight knit writing community. As always, thanks for gathering us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh!

And thanks goes to the awesome co-hosts posting today: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

What’s going on with me this month?

Finished plotting out the last five chapters and epilogue of The Soul Traveler. The epilogue is set five years after the events of the story. And left it open ended for a possible sequel with an older, none too wiser and still sassy MC, Kyna Lynn James.

But I’ve been dragging my feet on finishing it. It’s like you’re reading the last book in the series. And you don’t want to finish it because then it means it’s really over. And you’re lamenting and cursing yourself on why you had to read through the series so fast. So if you’ve been following the story on Wattpad and anxious to see how it ends, feel free to join my muse in poking me. In jabbing and clobbering me upside my head to get a move on to finish the final eight chapters already.

On another note, I’ve moved my notes and files for my NaNo novel and sequel. Not Dreaming of You has moved out of my ‘story idea’ folder and into a new sub-folder under my ‘Novels’ folder! Trust me, this is cause for celebration. I store all my WIP stories in my ‘Novels’ folder. It’s equal to getting out of the slush pile.

Been working on a game plan for NaNoWriMo, which this time I’ll definitely follow. I’m going to start from the middle, the most troublesome spot for me. And write my way to the beginning. First, I’m starting with a zero draft. And breaking the novel into three acts to outline. I’ll also roughly sketch out some important (done that). Novel length would be at most twenty chapters. I’m also following @Prep_tober on Twitter to better plan a workable draft. And engage with other WriMos.

NaNoWriMo here I come!

I’ve also finished plotting all four novellas in the Foreseen romance series. Each story highlights four friends who have mystical/paranormal gifts. Layla and Bea, two fortune tellers, Jenna the empath and Felicite` is a psychic. For now, the novellas remain in the ‘story idea’ folder. Will travel along Layla, Bea, Jenna and Felicite` HEA stories later.

Here’s a slideshow of my leading ladies, left to right, and their leading men:

 

 

 

October 4 question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Personal information? No per say. But I’ve slipped certain experiences into my characters. Like my children’s antics and reactions, the things they say. In my NaNo novel, my hero and heroine will reenact some scenes of the stuff my husband and I did while touring Philadelphia.

What’s going on with you this month? Planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? Have you begun prepping? Do you outline? What’s your preferred method?

Were you a Beverly Hills 90210 fan? Who was your favorite couple? Character? Did you follow the actors and actresses to other shows after BH90210’s series finale? Followed Shannen Doherty to Charmed. Loved her as Pru but damnit, why did they have to kill her character!? 😦

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