For the past two weeks, I’ve been writing a romance fanfiction novella in addition to working on my paranormal romance, Heart of the Jaguar. I’m halfway through the first draft of Baby, Count on Me which is contemporary romantic fanfiction for Stephanie Bond’s Southern Roads series on Kindle World. The Southern Roads series is set in a small mountain town in Georgia – a nice coincidence since I live in the general vicinity! Being familiar with the area is helping a lot with the settings and descriptions.
I’m in the notorious “sagging middle” of the book, so it’s moving slower than I’d like. I know where I want to take may characters – I just have to wade through and get them there!
One of the things that has helped me the most is working with a book I found called Love Stories: Writing a Romance Novella in Thirty Days or Less by Rachelle Ayala. It’s been a HUGE help! Basically, what Rachelle says is that you need to concentrate on getting the story down on paper BEFORE you try to edit anything.
She’s right. Normally, I write a chapter, then edit, edit, edit before I go on to write any more of the story. The problem with that is that I can never seem to get the chapter “right enough”, so I don’t move on. The result is that I have half-finished books all over the place. Instead, Rachelle says you should set up certain “markers” for your novella (included in her book) and follow a 14-day writing schedule that will help you stay on track. It’s sort of like doing a mini-NaNoWriMo, which is an annual writing project that is done by thousands of authors in November. They all try to write a 50,000 words in that one month!
I’m committing to finishing the first draft of this romance fanfiction novella by next weekend. I figure I’m about halfway there, so it’s doable. Fingers crossed!
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