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The Return To Major Plotting – “Steal With A Kiss” A Parched Novel

So, it’s finally bed time for me.

I woke up at 10:00AM, ate something and then tortured myself with a Jillian Michael’s DVD. So far, 3 weeks, 5 days a week with Jillian and the results are REMARKABLE. It’s scary seeing your body do what you thought you wanted it to do. I’m watching it because I don’t want to get really skinny. That’s not hot. But I’m 3 weeks away from taking it down from 5 days a week to 3 days a week. Anyway. That’s how I’ve been starting my work week. 

So, I’ve been writing just about all day long. I can’t wait until I’m able to take another vacation. I have no idea where I’m going to go next. Truthfully, I love US travel. I love our cities. I was thinking about high-tailing back to the opposite coast for a week to do research for another story. I can use Wyndham’s if I go to DC. I would have to get a hotel room if I go to Chicago. I was also thinking about taking my nephews to NOLA–just to get them immersed in a culture that’s so different than their own.


That was  a crazy, need to go to bed, early morning/late night/want more tea but it’s too late, digression.

What I wanted to say is… I’m writing this book and I feel like I’m back in school or something. That’s it how goes when I’m writing a Parched novel. There’s so much plotting involved in Paranormal Romance–I’m not complaining but it’s very difficult to write. You can’t screw around with PNR! The story has to steadily jab and move, jab and move. 

You have to remember every little detail and hope you don’t leave any of them hanging. In plotting you build on the details. I had a friend visit me a few weeks ago and we watched the film Limitless, which I had saved on my DVR (I’m going to buy the film for my own collection after this). Anyway, I told her I’ve watched the film too many times to count because it’s over-plotted, which makes it a great text for learning how to plot. 

I kind of think over-plotting is easy to do but plotting just enough–that’s hard. 


So now my brain has smoke snaking from it. And here’s my regime (for lack of a better word – remember – brain, smoke…). Before I right the first word of the story, I start to outline. But I don’t complete it because I don’t want to lose the essence of the part of the story I just planned. I may outline up to the first major plot point, crafting those beats that get me there.

Then I write.

And usually, it doesn’t go as planned because creativity takes over and kicks things up a notch. 

Then, I’m back to outlining, planning the story to the next two or three or four beats. Then it’s back to the main text. And each time, I go from outline to main text, the story takes a turn I didn’t plan but essentially finds its roots in the outline.


Yeah… So tonight the story took a wonderful turn from the outline and I’m happy. No. It took the BEST turn. I’m ECSTATIC! It all came together at the right time. I’m at 18k words. Zill and Vayle have an idea of what they’re NOT looking for and the details that I’ve planted are SOLID. They’re going to add up. Sighhh… And you see a little of Chex and Adore in the first part of the book. Clarity’s always a presence. And remember, this is Zill and Vayle’s first dance in the real world alone, together… 

Basically, I cleared that hurdle like a champion.


Ah, the exhilaration of major plotting, baby! 🙂

I love this.

Good Night.


Much Love.


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