As Romance Writers of Australia's judge coordinator I've been totally absorbed finding judges for the Valerie Parv Competition.
Now, I'm back writing and working on my latest story about a dippy genius and her billionaire lover. It's so much fun I'm just a touch in love with my hero already as my story unfurls in flashes and bursts.
Yes, I'm afraid I'm a 'panters' (a writer who writes without a detailed outline). I dash along never knowing for sure what will happen or where my characters will take me. It's an exciting ride but it can also be the pits when you come to a sudden halt after 20,000 or 30,000 words with no idea what happens next or where the big black moment is!
I envy fellow writers who use outlines. I've completed many courses on creating outlines, how to use them and how many re-writes you save but still I plod on - that was plod not plot!! I've tried plotting and have dozens of stories outlined and characterized to within an inch of their lives. My writing buddies tell me they are great ideas, I'm only 10,000 or 20,000 off completing them, yet I've lost interest, or is it the plot. If you're a writer, what sort of writer are you? A plotter, a pantser or somewhere in between?
Been talking to friends and writing buddies about traditions. My kids are in their twenties now, my baby just turned twenty-one, and they're all busy with friends. Makes me wish we had started family traditions - apart from the Easter Sunday egg hunt! Do you have traditions your family follow? I'd love to hear about them.
I'm meeting up for lunch tomorrow with the JEMS, my writing buddies, and looking forward to it! Lots of laughs, good food and great company.
Until next week have a lovely Easter, keep safe.
Bye for now,