Go on, clear the room and say it out loud. I’ll wait.
Now this time, don’t just say it, chew on it a bit. Good. Try lowering your register and maybe add a little husky breathlessness to it.
Yep, just like that.
Delicious isn’t it? It feels good to say and to hear.
Two words, and I wrote 70K+ words around it.
Ok, wait. That’s misleading. Not ‘around’ it per say, but it is the phrase that popped into my head and wouldn’t leave. It kept echoing through my mind, over and over and after saying it out loud more times than I counted, the voice that finally whispered it in my head wasn’t my own, but that of a smoking hot 200 year old pirate with a sex on a stick voice like that of Drogo.
That’s when Grant introduced himself to me, told me his story, and League of Eternals was born. If I’m lucky, I’ll have it published by summer.
I understand a lot of writers use outlines and have the story pretty much played out on index cards, but not me. I even tried it once and it just didn’t work out. What I wrote was shit because it felt forced to follow that guide. Like writing a poem and forsaking the poetry for the rhyme. (I totally do that.) I build my stories out of one scene and sometimes one sentence or phrase that just comes to me. As soon as I give it some thought, meditate on it a bit, the character(s) make themselves known and start telling me their tales. I know where the story starts, key points and where it ends, but it develops the details as I translate what the characters have to say to book structured words. Fluid. Nothing is set in stone except the foundation and frame. The bones of the story are theirs but they give me carte blanche to flesh it out my way. As long as they are happy with the outcome, they just change the cosmetics and not take a wrecking ball to the whole damn thing.
Currently I am working on a story built around my h sitting in a small boat and licking the tattoo on the back of the H’s neck, and the follow up story to that built around a YouTube beach baby announcement video. (Not a happy occasion for the h of that story.)
So yeah, that’s how my faulty mind works. It’s never been something I’ve embraced before, but when I finally did, I saw the path to my dream of becoming a published writer open up just a little.
No fucking way was she going to wear any man’s clothes but his. Although naked is always the best option. If he wasn’t sure about Carter’s bloody dismemberment before, he damn sure was now. How many times would he have to have her to rid her of Carter’s scent? Taking her. That thought started to consume him. Her body, naked. Sweaty. Tangled in fuck rumpled sheets and all his. Shaking his head to dislodge those images before he tossed her over his shoulder and made them a reality, he looked to her, knowing that his Egy would ground him. A genuine soul mate was the only thing that could bring a warrior down from battle lust and keep him centered. It was part of the magic that made a Legacy and by default, The League stronger.
I know, you’re shocked, right?
Yeah, me neither. It’s painfully obvious that blogging is not my thing, but creating is. Hopefully, creating good books that people will want to read will be too.
Finally, after a healthy measure of procrastinating and a whole lot of getting sidetrack……hey, look, Facebook.
Where was I?
Oh, right, getting sidetracked, I’ve finished League of Eternals 1. Getting some amateur edits right now, then off to a professional. Because, let’s be honest, I have characters telling me their amazing tales and I can write those down, but when it comes to the basic rules of my first and only language, I am severely lacking.
So, as soon as it’s is polished and worth sharing, I will publish. Since I will be self publishing while possibly shopping for a traditional publishing house, I need to learn the finer points of social media.
(Ah, now, the blogging makes sense.)
I will try my best to post updates more often than a blue moon, but as long as there are books to read, wine to drink, memes to share and funny animal pictures on the Internet, I promise nothing.
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