Guest post at Romance University blog – Get Physical With Your Work-in-Progress (and Not Mental)

Write in present. Don’t look too far ahead in your book. Here’s an excerpt from my guest post at Romance University where I explore this subject.
The story that you write is usually something that means a lot to you. You put in your time and invest emotions in it to create it. It is your passion. For people who work on one project, it’s the main subject dominating their thoughts during that time. They might even eat, drink and sleep their work in progress, so to speak. Are you like that with your work? Yes? Then read on to find out what you’re doing wrong.

While we are engaged mentally and emotionally with our wip, we sometimes tend to get too close to it. We miss the development and evolvement of the story. You might argue that the development is in your hands as a writer. True, but in every story, the growth also depends on the characters. A major part of what makes the plot move forward is how your character reacts to obstacles. We can’t go on and impose just any storyline on the characters. When we do, it starts to feel wrong. Our hands falter at the keyboard. Writing becomes wooden. We might even develop a fear of writing. This can lead to a block which progresses to an extent when we can’t even think of working on the project.

Why did this happen? Let’s see.

When you begin a project, you are excited and poised at the brink of new discovery. At that time, you couldn’t stop thinking of it. The first chapter is written and it feels like a miraculous accomplishment. You go on to plan what would happen in the second one as you close the laptop and push back the chair. As you wander out of the room and reminded by the grumbling of your stomach, you set to conjure lunch, you’re still mulling on it. In plotting the third chapter, you hit a road block when you don’t know, for instance, how H/h will meet again. But as you peel potatoes, you hit upon an idea. Why not have them stumble in the restaurant? You slice veggies and nod slowly. Yes, they both love pastry and so go to buy it at the same shop. By now, you have their conversation in your head. You’re smiling, picturing the dialogue printed in the book. A few interruptions later, you get another moment free, say, doing the ironing. Hands engaged, mind free i.e. HEMF and you get to it again. You are halfway through the story now, trying to think up the details of the black moment.

By nightfall, you have the hea or the resolution – as the case may be – wholly charted out.
Next morning you open the ms…and you can’t write a darn word.

Why… how…what? You’re not able to pin down the reason but suddenly the story that had you on your toes, seems as delicious as the lunch that you partially burnt up while thinking of it.

The thing is you lost the spirit and soul of discovery.

That’s why you should get physical with your wip.

Mental wrestling is ok when you have a difficult scene which needs minute details to be logical. But never for plotting the story.

The surprise is gone. You need the feeling of the fresh and new to keep writing.

That isn’t the only problem with thinking ahead. When you run forward mentally, you are charting out the progress of the story, keeping in mind those characters with whom you began the story. But as you write, the characters must undergo a change. 
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Guest post at Coffee Time Romance – My addiction – Writing by Summerita Rhayne

Here’s an excerpt from my guest post at Coffee Time Romance blog.

Hi folks! It’s lovely to be here at coffee time romance blog. There are two things I love in that name. Coffee and romance! It evokes the image of my most favourite pastime, a cup of hot, fragrant coffee by my side and a romance book in my hand – or e-reader, for that matter – what could be better? Maybe a slice of chocolate cake?  I’m a romance writer and mostly write in contemporary and historical genres, though I’m tempted to try and write in more of the subgenres of romance. I pen sensual romances under Summerita Rhayne and love to delve into emotional conflicts that keep the hero and the heroine apart. Today I’d like to share something of my writing journey with you, how writing is almost an addiction for me and how I learnt to deal with rejections. I am a Writer. Even if I wasn’t an author, even if I wasn’t published, I would still be writing. I have been penning words since that time when getting published was not the thought in my mind. I used to write occasionally to get the ideas out of my head, at other times to make sense of life as such but the habit, consciously or unconsciously, has been there, I think, since childhood. When I’m at home, I write at my desk, on my laptop. Nowadays, I mostly do my editing this way. When I first started writing fiction, I used to scribble in a notebook when I was commuting to and from work on a bus. I can tell you it drew a lot of attention. It was funny the way people would crane their necks and try to make out my scribbles – some of which even I found frustratingly incomprehensible later! Once a man sitting next to me, said, “Mam, I’ve seen people reading on their journeys, but you’re the only person I’ve seen writing during one!” That really split my sides and made me shake my head inwardly at myself. But I was totally addicted to writing and at that time in my life, how else would I have found the time? Having a job and taking care of a family rather narrows the leisure a bit. Then hubby got me a Blackberry, I gave up on scribbling and would jab down on the qwerty keypad short-hand to keep up with the flow of thoughts. I still do that sometimes. It’s amazingly easy to write on phone, especially when you are onto a new story idea. Since then changes have occurred in my writing. Kids have grown up, I have more time to myself and now writing has become such a part of our life that we are all making space for it. I write in multiple genres of romance. My first love is, or maybe was, Contemporary romance, hugely inspired by the Harlequins I used to read. I’m not sure now because I discovered a penchant for historical romances and out of the blue, found myself writing a series about sisters who are princesses. Now I have historical fic ideas juggling for supremacy in my mind. I have tried my hand on sci-fi romance in the short story form, and have also dipped a hand into paranormal. Hopefully I’ll finish it. You cannot be an author if you haven’t experienced that black wall called as Rejection. Rejections are a part of being an author. Rejection is nothing to be ashamed of. It means you have tried. During the course of roughly five years since I have been writing seriously – that is, with the aim of getting published, I have encountered innumerable rejections from various publishing houses, big or small, national and international. It has only added to my experience and given me an idea of the direction in which I want to take my writing. My take is this, if you are getting standard rejects, keep working on your writing craft. If you begin to get feedback, then you can decide if you want to trad publish or self publish. If you can get published traditionally, go for it at least once. It helps to make you a better writer. My first best rejection was for a medical romance first chapter submission call from Hqn. They called my writing ‘intense and compelling.’ I was really encouraged by that. I’d say, do wait for that kind of feedback from the traditional publishers. Their rejects will help you to hone your work.

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