Monday, May 25, 2015

Difficult Scenes

In every book I’ve written and every story I've started there is always that one scene or one chapter that just kills me. It hits me directly in the feels and those are the chapters that I love and hate. Or love to hate.

Even though there are a few tough scenes in Love You, Always, the hardest was the courtroom scene. Since then, all difficult scenes are called “courtroom scenes”. 

In Until Now, there were a few, but the hardest for me was Chapter Thirty-Eight. I left it for last because I obviously hate myself.

The scene in Love You, Always is 1,030 words and took me thirteen straight hours to finish.

I wrote rough draft.
Sent it to Carrie, who reads everything I write.
Carrie sent it back with, “You can do better.”
I rewrote.
Sent it to Carrie.
Carrie sent it back with, “go deeper.”
I cried.
I rewrote.
Sent it to Carrie.
She sent it back with “closer.”
I swore.
I cried.
I ate chocolate.
I rewrote.
Sent it to Carrie.
Carrie sent it back with, “You did it!”
Cried some more. It was that overly tired cry.
Drank alcohol.
Went to bed with a crying headache.

This is pretty much how every tough scene goes. Today I'm working on a "courtroom scene" for Until Us (Katie's story from Until Now). Thankfully, I planned ahead and have a case of Mike's Hard Lemonade waiting for me to celebrate finishing it. 

P.S. No Mom, I will not be drinking the whole case and I'm not an alcoholic. :-) 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Until Now World

Almost every single day, I wish I was a faster writer. I have so many stories floating around in my head that at times I feel anxious because I want to write all of them--rightthisveryminute. But as I delve back into the Until Now world and re fall in love with the characters, I'm more than happy to spend time in their world. I love these characters...even Phillip.

For old times sake, I listened to some of the music I listened to while writing Billy and Bridget's story.  My favorite and the one song that I saw as theirs was Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol.  I listened to it no less than a zillion times and I still love it.

Now I need to find a song for Katie's book.

This is unrelated but since I was on Youtube and this video came on, I had to add it because I love this song. Oh the feels. I want to write a book for this song.