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Writer, novelist, member of LCRW

A Misunderstood Journey of a Writer

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  Last night, after an extraordinary session with my writer’s group, I felt refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle my rewrites and updates.   So there I was, toiling away when I hear a knock upon my chamber door. (Apologies to Mr. Poe.) My roommate sent her daughter to ask me a question and  I replied.  Without further distraction, I delved deep into my thought process only to be bothered again, 10 minutes later.  Another question, another reply.  I guessed the answer was satisfactory and I was left alone.

 One particular section became the bane of my existence.  It started as a paragraph of description and I floated on to the next sentence.  Only, my car stalled, so to speak.  I tried every way to refurbish the sentence and nothing worked.  I even visited my old friend the thesaurus for assistance. Nothing.

At my wits, I visited an old companion, (old school R&B) and…

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Stella ain’t the only one gettin’ her groove back….

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(First, Sorry to Miss McMillan for butchering her title!)

After much procrastination, doubt and misplacing my self-worth at the pity party hotel… I am happy to announce that my muse and I are back on track. I was able to update my FF. Did I mention I stalled for 2 yrs on that one? I knowWHAT????? and revisited some of my short stories. Not only did my short stories gather dust, they were graciouslyadmitting their children’s great-children to the family dust reunion. But I digress. 

I had to admit a few things to myself.  One: Life gets in the way and only you decide to do something or stay in the muck.  I let distractions do more than hinder my writing, I allowed Armageddon to take up residence in my life.  Basically, I let the one thing that gives me joy almost slip out of my hands.  That shall not happen…

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How do you….

Ah yes. Spring is in the air.  Flowers are blooming.  Fresh leaves tease the trees.  Longer days.  The warmth of the sun spans its comforting wings over the earth.  Your characters arrive to the dreaded climatic sex scene.

What’s this you say?  Dreaded?  You’re a romance writer.  This is what you live for.  It is your calling.  One would think that.

All bullcrap aside, scenes such as these shake me the most. Doubts plague me.  Does this snippet turn into some perverted romp? What will my readers think?  Ah hell, what will my editor think?  Do I have too much innuendo or not enough? So how do I solve it? First turn off the haters in my head.  Negativity does nothing but hinders me from my main purpose… finish the story.

I find one rule applies:

1. It really depends on the characters makeup or DNA.

However, keep in mind the journey is treacherous at times.

Let us pretend that your hero is ruthless in everything; including work, life choices.  It only logical he is ruthless in the bedroom.  Don’t get it twisted.  I am not saying your hero can’t have a softer edge to him. ( The reader has to root for something, correct?). But one day he is a tiger in the sheets, displaying his high sex drive, then suddenly he shrinks to a rabbit grazing in the grass. Yeah, change could be good, however too much too quickly might turn off the reader or worse, you lose a supporter of your storytelling.

The opposite can happen. Your good guy equals snoozefest.  He wears the crown of placemat and now the reader is questioning what the heroine sees in this man.  Or another spectrum pops up. Your hero is now too aggressive, almost to a point where even you hate him.  If that what you want, fine.  If not,  I suggest an upgrade might be in order.

Once again, I am not stating all hero or heroines cannot have flaws.  We must face facts, no one likes to read about anyone who does not overcome some obstacle where everything is smooth sailing.  You know what you have on your hands, then ?  An essay. (Just kidding.)  Seriously, Conflict, Conflict, Conflict.  To quote Robert Frost, ‘Nothing gold can stay.”

I digress. Back to the elusive sex scene.  You as a writer need to discover your comfort zone.  Some like sweet details.  Others…exhaust every possibility.  Find out what works for you.  I look at it this way.  Writing sex scenes is like your favorite hot sauce.  You prefer mild, another might like medium.  Someone else wants scorching, blazing fire hot.  If you need inspiration, reread you favorite romance novel. Come on, don’t act like you do not have your favorite passages highlighted.  Watch a romantic movie.  See if you can write the scene from memory.  Also, You Tube could be your best friend.  Check some sultry videos and see what inspires you.

The main point is to have fun.  Now go forward dear writer and write one hell of page turner!

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Hi everyone! Just wanted to share.

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At least, that what everyone tells you.  People voiced to me more that once that the first sentence is always the hardest and then your story will flow like a river of honey.  I ponder this question.  Who the hell does that happen to?

Some writers are able to outline their manipulation of words.  Within fifteen or twenty minutes (depending on a writer’s process) they have created chapter one through whatever and prepare to execute the plan via laptop or netbook.   It keeps them focused.  Not me.  When I use that method…

1.  Chapter 1 seems forced and stilted.

2. Chapter 2, the story runs amok.

3. Chapter 3, even my characters have turned against me… “CHARLATAN! How dare you, Madam? What display of tomfoolery is this?  YOU charmed us with the belief you could compose masterpieces of brillance! We demand justice!”

So, to keep the villagers happy, I decided to write in the form I know best: Disorganization.

Now, the one thing I hate to admit is that this phrase has stuck…

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The Post That Almost Wasn’t …

 Is it my turn already?  LOL :D.

I almost panicked when I saw that it was my turn to blog.  Why?  Cause I got nothing… ziptada… nil.  My mind was officially blank and procrastination decided to continue its long vacation in my mind.  Wasn’t it Ben Franklin who said company stinks after three days?  I thought that my “guest” would take the  hint!

Alas, that was not the case. I had no choice.  I encompassed my bag of tricks and played dirty. I used my only defense.  The magic of old school  R&B.

As the melodic sounds of The Dramatics, Rose Royce (I Wanna Get Next To You is still perfection even after all these years!) Miss Aretha, The O’Jays and others floated through my office, I felt the chains of laziness loosen a little.  Sentences formed and the fog lifted.  In fact, I had enough energy to get back to my other stories. The chapter that I avoided for the last two weeks was beckoning.  Wait- I wonder what’s on TV tonight?  🙂

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