Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Welcome to our hop and thanks so much for joining us. Hope you are staying safe!

This week’s challenge comes from Clair Brett:

Give us a glimpse into your “process” are you a pantser/plotting/hybrid, night owl writer/early morning, etc.

Usually about three in the morning, I wake up with some revelation about a character I’m writing. I slip back to sleep after repeating the idea several times so I remember it. When it’s time to get up, I have coffee, and take a shower. And, when the hot water is reviving me, the idea gets more dimensional and exciting because of all the possibilities it had inspired.

Then, I sit down at the keyboard and write. My stories are character driven and it is the characters that decide how the story will go. I give them free rein with just some basic parameters. So, that pretty much makes me a pantser.

I have tried plotting, but it never holds true. The story takes on a life of its own and I have to go with it.

In the “Dance” series, there were only supposed to be three books: the stories of three of the women. But Grace, their friend, kept nagging until I wrote her story, too.

Now that may sound a little crazy, but if the characters I write aren’t real to me, how can I expect them to ring true to my readers?

I don’t think it matters how a writer writes or what their “process” is. What is important is the story and the people in that story that drive it.

Speaking of great writing, you have to read the fabulous Brenda Margriet’s latest:

“Richly Deserved”

Now let’s pop over and read about her “process”…

Brenda Margriet

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