The month has ended for Romance in a Month, and while I didn’t finish my first romance, Behind the Altar, I’m close. The bones are in place. I will write the final chapters–the resolution–this week, and I’ll have a draft.
This project represents the first time I’ve participated in a month-long writing assignment, and it’s my first attempt at writing a romance. And I’m signed up to do another class for the sequel in September. It was a successful experience for several reasons.
- I wrote something new every day. I’m in the editing stage for Native Lands, my next book in the Florida Fiction Series, so I’m working on old stuff instead of creating fresh. There’s something inspiring to the creative process to be working with a new story.
- I didn’t have to worry about revising or publishing. I just wrote and became involved in the story of my main characters, Dean and Leah.
- The plot for a romance is generally simpler than what I’m doing with my other novels, and that’s a good thing. I’ve always fought the “formula” novel, but now that I’ve written one, I find it freeing in its structure. I only have to worry about writing the story to fit.
- Participating in a class meant I had cheerleaders at the end of every writing day. We all posted our updates–a sentence or two–about our progress and received lots of “Good job” comments. Now we’re all pairing off to be beta readers for one another, and that’s nice as well.
I’m glad I participated, and I’m ready to do it again. Of course, I’ve yet to print out the first draft of Behind the Altar. Maybe I won’t be as enthusiastic when I go back and read what I’ve written! I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, the sequel Behind the Bar will be fermenting in my head. Stay tuned!