I’m delaying this week’s blog post until tomorrow when I’ll make a very special announcement for one of my first blog followers, author Laura Diamond.
Two years and one month ago, Norma King,Laura Diamond,L.L. McKinney, Marsha Lytle, and Gina Kleinjoined my blog. I encourage you to stop by and see what these lovely ladies are up to. I’d like to thank them and everyone else who visits my blog for your continued support as I have pursued my passion for making stuff up a.k.a. writing fiction. I appreciate the time you take to share your advice and opinions on the post I write. I especially love it when you share them with your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. followers. Thank you!
Please be sure to stop by on Friday (11/2) to show your support for Laura!
Who was your first blog follower? [Note: WordPress has this info under Site Stats.] Do you know if you were anyone’s first follower?
If other writers are anything like me, they write what characters tell them to write and don’t always immediately understand why things unfold the way they do. This happened with my current adult paranormal WIP, which is 87% complete. I knew my human heroine possessed otherworldly abilities, yet I didn’t know where those powers stemmed from, only the cost she paid for using them. I also knew her fate was tied to the immortal hero’s and that their first encounter would change both of them fundamentally.
It wasn’t until my critique partners (CPs) Dawn Allen and L.L. McKinney sent a tidal wave through my WIP that I fully understood how deep the characters’ connection ran. Immortals have a lot of history to sift through. Sometimes, its tough to decide which part of their past is pertinent to the current plot. I knew something major in my hero’s past was coming back for him and that it was somehow connected to the heroine. My CPs helped me dig deeper with the hero to learn how his actions in the past could affect the heroine centuries later.
The fun part? The foundation for our discovery was there all along. The new information we uncovered fell into place like lost puzzle pieces.
I LOVE my CPs, which includes Nicole MacLaughlin who meets with us once a month. They are my girls and without them, I don’t know where my writing would be. They challenge me to push harder, dig deeper, stay true to my characters, etc. We don’t always agree with one another, but when we do…magic! And goosebumps.
Have you experienced and “AH!” moment in your writing? Do you push yourself to dig deeper? How do you know when you’ve gone deep enough? Do you have awesome CPs you want to give a shout out to?