How to Write by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?
I’m a mixture of the two: pantster and plotter. I always write a skeleton draft of where I see the story going, but as I get to know the characters it always morphs into something completely different.
As I was writing Tears of Tess, I knew where I wanted the characters to go and the sort of growth they would undergo, however, Tess grows into a fierce woman—much more than I thought she would from my initial outline.
I always go with what feels best with the characters and if they tell me to go in a different direction to my plot outline I always do. I had decided Tears of Tess would be a stand alone (and it is, there is NO, I repeat, NO cliffhanger) however, the characters have so much more to say that there is a sequel. However, if a reader is happy with the story, they aren’t obligated to read more. J I just wasn’t ready to let my characters go just yet.
I find the best technique for me, is to draft a book with a guideline of 2000 words per chapter and then let my characters guide me. It’s very exciting to see where they take me as it’s all so new. J
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
Genre – Dark New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG-18
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