My first novel!
A Soldier’s Embrace is a sweet, yet exciting story. The characters are captivating and the settings are perfect. The dialogue between the characters is well written and realistic. Ms. Romero has written a great historical romance.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Moving On or Letting Go

I have a hard time letting a story go. It's one thing to edit, but jeesh. This week I have offically started another novel. I'm setting a goal for myself to at least finish the draft book by mid year. If you knew me, you'd be laughing right now. The process of writing is a slow one, for me anyway. Stephen King advices to write five to six thousand words daily. Yeah, not gonna happen. I'm lucky if I can type out one to two thousand.

Maybe if I didn't have to work for a living. If my husband is reading this, hint, hint!

I love history. My short stories are modern and humorous, but my novels (I've written four with one published) tend to teeter along a politically based spine, mostly centered in the Victorian or Edwardian age. It makes it easier when doing the research since I already have a mound of it to rifle through.

One thing I have learned to keep me moving is to get a notebook, one notebook for each novel, and start out with a handwritten outline. The five W's Who, what, where, when, why. That way I can refer back to my original idea. Not that it won't evolve, but at least I'll have the basis down. With that done, I can start researching, which is where I am now. Some writers like to use note cards for this, but knowing me, I'd loose if not one, several and then spend all my writing time frantically search for them. And with my luck, the main plot would be on those missing note cards.

This novel is a bit different for me. This is my first venture into Puritan America. Those crazy Puritanicals. Man, did they know how to party.


  1. I think you're doing GREAT to get one to two thousand words daily. I'm taking a break from mine right now. I think I've typed probably five hundred and then edited half of those out.
    I checked out your novel (congratulations again!) but I want to wait to buy it until it is available in written book form. I just may be your first buyer!

  2. Puritan America? Can't wait to see where it goes and I bet the research will be fascinating.

    You have been a busy little bee on your blog. Since we are fellow Sucky Aunts, can I start the sucky SIL club? Sheesh. I did put your book on my sidebar. I hope you forgive me~! Glad you had a good time with your family. And your mom is definitely is a blessing~!