This year was no different. JA and I started the New Year’s with a bang. We were ready to get started with Tonya, had it outlined, developed our hero/hot guy and began to write. Except it didn’t feel right.
Emergency Consult. We need to talk.
We discussed what we had written and what we felt didn’t fit. We liked Tonya, we liked that she’s a chef, strong, capable and a worthy heroine.
So what was wrong? Time for some creative brainstorming.
Back to the drawing board, or should I say ‘writing board’ we went and talked until a light bulb went off in both our heads at the same time. It turned out we didn’t like our hero. (How is it possible to dream up the hot guy for your book and then decide you don’t like him? He’s a figment of our imagination for crying out loud.) Nevertheless, he was not right for our girl Tonya and he had to go.
Together we dreamed up Joe. Now we have a guy who’s strong, sexy, has his own construction business and is absolutely perfect for Tonya. Though it does take some convincing on Joe’s part…
Taking our old outline, tweaking it a bit, we began writing. Again.
Hmm. Tweaking was not in the cards. A complete gut job, as they say in the construction business. This book was not going to kick our butts.
Alrighty then. JA and I convened again and decided to completely change our plot. Ripping apart our story, dissecting our outline we began once again.
Finally we were getting someplace.
And so the book is coming together. We’re on a roll and it’s exciting. After some false starts, laughter and re-writes, we’re chugging away. This book, well I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I gotta say I think it’s good. All the cast from previous books will make an appearance, we’ve got weddings, receptions and all sorts of fun stuff packed into Tonya. You’re gonna want to read it and fall in love again with Grantham and its residents.
To recap. The lessons we learned as we wrote Tonya are a.) whatever you do, do not put a future chapter in the book you just wrote, because that future chapter just might just change; b.) your characters sometimes have a mind of their own and run away with you and c.) anything can happen when you’re writing.
Creativity is amazing.
Writing is an adventure.
Look for Tonya to come out soon.
D. P. Fletcher