It's Writer's Wednesday time again and Donna Alward is here at the Pink Heart Society, talking about falling in love with writing again...
I had two years of back to back, sometimes on top of each other deadlines. On one hand it was great: it meant I had contracts and steady work, and because I was writing a lot of series, it also meant that I knew WHAT I was going to write. It also meant fairly steady income, and I can't deny that was really, really nice. But it did come at a cost.
Here's the thing. I can actually write pretty fast. And I like writing fast because I get in "the zone". I think when I slow down too much, I don't get as immersed in the story as I should. When I am writing fast, I'm actually so deep into it that I think my writing is often better - at least on an emotional level. I go deeper with the characters because I'm living and breathing with them.
Know what I missed though? THE FUN STUFF.
I used to cast every single one of my books. I'd take a whole day and just look for the right picture for my hero and heroine. Perhaps of their house or the town where they live. Special landmarks...you name it. For Pete's sake, Pinterest has made visual inspiration boards a cinch, and I haven't done much there (though I did pin a bunch of stuff for Jewell Cove) because taking a day to do that was a luxury I didn't have.
I used to have a theme song for every book too. There'd be a song I'd hear on the radio and it would make me think of my protagonists and be really inspiring. I'd have a SOUNDTRACK. But I didn't have time to put those together either. I was too busy getting down to business.
I even kind of missed doing character sheets for my characters. Not that they're necessary, but sometimes when you start playing around with those things little flashes of insight into motivation happen.
You know where I'm going with this, right?
One of the things I've done for this year is slow my writing schedule down to what I like to consider a "normal" pace and not "Superwoman" pace. And because I've done that, I'm going to slow down, fall in love with writing again, fall in love with my STORIES again by juicing up my inspiration methods. After all, I started this gig because I love it, and shouldn't I take the time to enjoy the parts of it I especially love?
If I want you to fall in love with my characters, shouldn't I fall in love with them first?
OF COURSE I SHOULD! So hopefully this post finds my Pinterest boards a little more busy, my music turned up a bit, and me tapping away on the keys because I'm so stoked to be writing this particular story. Which, as it happens, is the last Jewell Cove book with a super hot cop and some holiday spirit.
What part of reading or writing romances do you love best?
Right now, though, I have my latest still available from Harlequin American - The Cowboy's Valentine - is the second in my Crooked Valley Ranch trilogy, with the third coming in May:
Coming home is hard enough without ranch manager Quinn Solomon making Lacey Duggan feel like an unwanted guest. She’s only here until she figures out what to do with her one-third ownership of Crooked Valley. But Quinn’s irresistible daughter is giving Lacey ideas about being part of a family. And though they don’t even like each other, Lacey’s having crazier notions about the widowed single dad.
Does Lacey think she can waltz in and turn Quinn’s life upside down…only to leave again? The pretty accountant knows nothing about running a ranch, yet she’s making the Montana homestead feel like a home. Quinn isn’t looking for love again. Until a woman who’s all heart and a determined little girl help one lovestruck cowboy see the light.