Friday, April 11, 2008

Thursday Talk Time with Jenna Bayley-Burke

Writing En Masse

Every November I sign up for NaNoWriMo and draft a book in a month alongside thousands of other writers. Just knowing that there are so many other people doing the same thing I am - pulling my hair out over characters who refuse to follow my synopsis, consuming medicinal doses of chocolate, wearing the letters off our keyboard keys - gives me a great sense of comfort. I am not alone!

Writing can be lonely, especially when you are holed up in the writers cave beneath the weight of a deadline. You barely head outside to check the mail. Knowing that there is someone out there surviving and thriving under identical circumstances really helps get you through.

It was this theory that spawned The Pink Heart Society's FinDaBoo last year. I'm sure it's what has PHS readers turning up once a month to read A Book With Biddy. And it may even have a few of you watching as Trish and I race toward 'The End' on the boosk we are writing now.

Having a goal keeps your writing focused. Being accountable to one person or a thousand provides a pressure to perform that can out the best in authors. Plus, it gives you a group of friends to celebrate with when you save that draft one last time, knowing that it is done.

At least until the edit starts.

To find a writing group to keep you motivated check out the NaNoWriMo forums, RoDiWriMo (Romance Divas Writing Month), Book-in-a-Week, and don't forget to follow along with A Book With Biddy.

Jenna is hard at work on her next title for Mills & Boon Modern Heat. In the meantime, Her Cinderella Complex is available with a millionaire, secretary, engagement of convenience, private island, and a hot pool sccene.

Check out her website, or blog.

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