You’re moving right along with a story-line and suddenly it takes an unexpected twist. Do you go with the flow and follow where the twist leads you, or do you conform the story to your way?
😀 I always go with the flow, but that doesn’t make it a wise thing to do; especially with writing. I believe that sometimes it’s important to stick with your gut — the original reason for your having wanted to write a particular piece in the first place.
When editing, this tendency to switch gears crops up almost inevitably, and it has two impacts: creating a better, more exciting tale or creating a big enough diversion that the entire point of the story has strayed off course.
It is always great to have a new idea pop into my head while I’m editing — to enhance the original story, though, and not change it entirely. The key, I think, is to realize the issue early on and then force yourself to make that decision: continue in this direction and then go back to rewrite all the parts prior, or STOP what you’re doing right now, delete all that wanderlust wording, and get back on track.
IF you want to publish, that is 😉
What time of year is your best time for writing? Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring?
Winter. My least favorite season because Michigan winters are long, gray, brutal, and blizzard-prone, with the occasional ice storm tossed in the mix toward the end.
However, since I tend to go into hibernation mode around the end of November, this is an ideal time to hunker down in two pairs of everything and an electric blanket after having made sure there is enough hot water boiled for things like tea and cocoa.
I work from home, am always on my laptop, and start my day around 9 a.m. with writing in mind. It’s too cold to go for walks outside (or do anything outdoors, for that matter) and for whatever reason, being cozy is a major conductor of imagination spark for me.
There is nothing else to do in Michigan in winter besides hibernate . . . or write while in hibernation mode. What could possibly distract me from writing?
When looking for a publisher, do you choose a traditional press, go the Indie route, or choose one that does both E-book and print?
Right now I still think my best opportunity to get started in this business is to go the Indie route. My son (editor, coach, support) disagrees wholeheartedly and insists I’m nothing if not entirely worthy of submitting to brick & mortar if I want to be a successful author.
I agree! I’m just not inclined to subject myself to the submission process and all its rules, guidelines, and booby-traps! One wrong move on my part — and I am old enough to know I’m capable of at least one — and I could be screwed for life. Being a total coward, that’s a scary prospect for someone in my newbie position to want to risk.
I don’t like the idea of synopsis writing and checklists, do’s and don’t’s and such. I need major discipline in this area before I’ll attempt going the traditional route, but believe me, that doesn’t mean I won’t . . . eventually.
Both is the cherry on top, yes?
Great questions, J.J.! That was fun, as usual. As always, I appreciate being a part of this fabulous group of Romance Authors, and I look forward to participating again soon.
Now, kindly keep the hop going by dropping in on Dani Jace to find out how she answered this week’s great questions.