Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Guidelines.... Plotting V's Pantsing... Rejections
When I planned my next Harl Bites, I really didn't have a plan, so to speak. I wrote this werewolf story as I almost always do, with no clue as to where it was heading - just one scene in my head which I expanded and then kept on expanding. I *love* writing like this, love watching the story unfold and surprising me. Sometimes it takes far longer, sometimes the story just flows.
The negatives to this writing style is that I found it conflicted with my Bites story. Harlequin have guidelines to follow (for good reason!) So, I pushed these boundaries, a little too far. No, not a flat out rejection, my harl editor and I came to an agreement that I'd write another Bites that fitted those guidelines better, and I'd revise and expand Moon Thrall to *hopefully* fit Ellora's Cave, which I think it will slot in quite nicely - fingers crossed!
So lesson learned. My next Bites will be at least partially plotted, guided, so to speak, whereas my Ellora's Cave stories I will let fly.
Two vastly different ways of writing... and despite it all, you wouldn't catch me wanting to do anything else!
ps - just thought I'd pop in the rainbow on my ceiling, rather uplifting!
So happy with the wonderful cover from Totally Bound for my story, Blood Chance. Some readers might remember this story as Her Dark Lord...