There are several upcoming projects I’m really excited about, but none means more than being part of the SEAL OF MY DREAMS anthology. All proceeds go to Veterans Medical Research and I’m so grateful to have a chance to give back to these heroes! I’m buying zillions of copies and everyone’s getting them for Christmas – everyone! The authors I’m side by side with are amazing and I can’t wait until release day – November 11th – Veteran’s Day! And yes, it will be available in both print and eBook format, thanks to Belle Books!
My short story is connected to the HOLD series – you’ll see Jake and Chris and Jamie and Nick and the rest of the gang. We were only supposed to write 5K and mine is close to 8K, so I cheated a little. But there was so much more I wanted to write! I’m definitely not done with this series and I’ve got plans, plans I tell you.
Anyway, as always, it’s been busy here, but Fall is always my favorite season. I think it has something to do with school starting and having taught, but I always view September as the beginning for me. I tend to get a huge bulk of writing done during this time too – I also plan for new projects as well.
I’m often asked how I write, how I stay focused, etc. In fact, Sarah just asked me on Twitter last night! If you’ve been visiting this blog for a while, you’ve heard this before, but I like to talk about my process in case there are new writers out there who think there’s only one way to do things.
There’s not. And when I first started out, I didn’t know that. I couldn’t finish a book to save my life and couldn’t figure out why. Somehow, I’d gotten it into my head that a book needed to be written in order.
The big secret? It doesn’t. You can write out of order! You can write the end first, the middle first, you can jump all around. At some point, of course, you have to pull the whole thing together, but until then, get it written any way you can. I typically see the big moments first, and I tend to write those first. I write down anything and everything that comes to mind. But the key is, I’m always writing – because I have to for my contracts, but more so because I love writing. I can’t not write.
I also write several books at once. I don’t plot much, so this definitely helps my productivity. I’m always moving forward on something. Obviously, the contracted work that’s due next is the priority, but I usually have a couple of things with close due dates, plus copy edits, etc. And somehow, the big mishmash all works for me. I’m a really organized person, and writing in a disorganized way works because I can see the bigger picture – I keep my eye on it the entire time and I know I can pull together the puzzle in the end. Is it the easiest way to write? I don’t know, but it’s the only way I can, and I’ve tried others. But I’ve written somewhere in the vicinity of 20 books or more and at this point, it’s my process and I’m sticking with it.
As we approach NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November) I’ll try to talk more about process and publishing and the like. If you’ve got anything specific you’d like me to talk about, feel free to put it in comments or drop me an email via my contact page!