July 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm 4 comments

Sounds kinky, but it isn’t. I have my first real writer life deadline. Everything before this was self-imposed. Now I’ve got someone on the other end waiting for me to produce some words. Unfortunately it’s not on the WIP I’m working through now. So fortunately that means I’m pushing myself to finish this one to get to the other story.

Clear as mud?

So, the goal is to finish a very rough draft of Diary of a Food Addict (yup, that’s the new title. The other one was crap and I knew it, but didn’t know what else to call it. I digress.) at the very end of August, early September. Right now I’m not even thinking of a final word count. I’m just getting the story down, because it’s important that I finish this story.

Now why am I calling this post Writing Foreplay?

Because I’m working out the details in the story due in December. It’ll be a novella. I do need to be aware how many words I need to have. (27k-30k.)I want it to be cooking in the back of my head. So, I’ve sat down and picked names for the hero and heroine. I’ve worked out half of the plot. I know what the hero will be doing, but not quite sure how to make the heroine’s part of the plot tangible. Right now it’s “She wants to have a real vacation.” Not tangible. Maybe if I have her doing stuff, but how many things can you do on vacation?

Ha and that’s where the foreplay begins, because I’ve now learned I can’t seal the deal until all the plot points fall into place. Which also means I need to find out more about these characters. So, I’ve got a composition book and I’ll be writing out backstory. Writing pieces of dialogue that come to me, because for me that’s a huge one. I have to hear the character’s voice in my head.

Complete sidenote: My son woke up and went straight for Grandma. He lifted the cover and poked his head under it until he saw her face and said, “Good Morning!!!” It was 6:30 a.m. I laughed then said, “Welcome to my world.” Can’t wait for National’s where I’ll be able to sleep in.


Entry filed under: foreplay, writing goals.


4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pam  |  July 28, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    You say Writing Foreplay and in my head I immediately change the name of your story to Food Porn for Virgins. Sorry.

    (And why haven’t you posted the new hair picture here? Hmm?)

  • 2. Edie  |  July 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    You’re probably in SF already. I hope you have a blast! I won’t be going this year, but maybe next year.

    Good going on the novella. I’m writing one too! It’s so fast. I hope to be done with the first draft in a week, which will make it a little over two weeks for a draft. I love it! Of course, after that will be the next draft, and the next … and probably more. But they’ll go by faster than a book-sized ms. too.

  • 3. Melissa Blue  |  July 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    LMAO. Too bad she’s not a virgin.

    And my hair isn’t done yet. I know, less than 24 hours and I’m not a Diva yet. *le sigh*

  • 4. Melissa Blue  |  July 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    You know if felt like writing my ST was shorter than both How Much You Want to Bet? and See Megan Run.

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