Writing on the Porch – Pantser vs. Planner

747main front porchI am lucky enough to be on a two week vacation in my favorite seaside village of Chatham, MA. Unfortunately I am in the second week of the vacation – but we have had glorious weather, numerous beach trips, family down for the Fourth of July, and now this week I am finding myself out on the front porch in the early mornings while the family is still asleep enjoying my coffee and quiet time to write.

The novel was at a tricky part when I last left it — way too many months ago — but now coming at it with a fresh eye, I was able to re-read and “fix” the first completed third and start writing the mid-section where the story takes hold.  I am what is called a Pantser - I write by the seat of my pants – no outline, no careful plotting and character builds, I just plow ahead and watch the story unfold in my mind and try to get my fingers to keep up on the keyboard.  And, sometimes inner movie goes dark and I take a break.  This is contrary to my general personality since I am more of a planner, organizer, Type A kind of gal – but creatively, this style of writing as my mind wanders works better for me and I get to be surprised by how the book ends as well!

The current novel is a contemporary romance called Matchless. What’s it about?  Well, the book blurb would be:  When a suitable date is needed for a big family event, and to avoid her grandmothers endless, horrid suggestions, Missy Bainbridge turns to online dating to quickly find a match. Without knowing how to attract a different sort of man then the free spirits she typically dates, she turns to the annoyingly stuffy businessman she shares her morning train commute with for guidance. What she doesn’t realize is she is helping him instead. 

I wonder how many writers find that the style in which they approach their writing mirrors their general personality or, like me, it goes in the complete opposite direction?

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The Ultimate Dating Intervention

Thumbnail of Final Front Cover Something struck me last night while I sat down to unwind and watch tv, and I couldn’t help but think I am not the only one that would feel this way:  they should have a Bachelorette for 40-somethings.

I have seen that reality show on occasion as I flip through the channels but have never actively followed it.  Why?  Well, when you put a bunch of good looking, young, single people together they are bound to have some romance in the air – and of course the drama (I wonder how many watch for the drama that unfolds behind the scenes?).  Those same people would do just as well in a the gym, their workplace, a hot night spot, or anywhere — why?  Because they have youth on their side and don’t have the same challenges as a divorced middle-aged woman with children, career pressures, children’s activities competing for time and attention, and the general life responsibilities that come with age.

In The Dating Intervention, a contemporary romance released in 2012, I explored some of the challenges woman face and sometimes get stuck in – to the point where the fictional main character’s friends need to stage an intervention to force her back out into the dating scene.  She quickly finds the dating pool has become a puddle as there are fewer good men available.  Which leads me back to the Bachelorette.

How many viewers would that reality show get it it were more realistic?  Give a middle-aged woman a chance to find love in between soccer practice, errands, and work with some nice, grounded guys with some gray at their temples?  Now that is something I might put the remote control down for.

 

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December Promos – Cursed on Tour – Books to Win!

Two blogs in one day?  Yes, dear reader!  There’s a lot going on in December.

Cursed_300x400Earlier this morning I announced my new short story, Yankee Swap, was free today.  Jump over to my previous blog for more information.  Reading this blog past December 9?  No problem, it’s only 99cents and I will be running free days during December since its a holiday short story.

Now I want to announce that today starts my book tour with Paranormal Cravings.  I had DOUBLE the number of reviewers promised and my first review today was a 5 star review! Excerpt from this morning’s review:

“Lynn Ricci has set a beautiful stage for her dark romantic tale. From the historical home to the isolation of a fierce winter storm at Christmas, two people connect and one is finally able to share the burden he has carried for decades. The feeling is pure magic, the flawless slide from the stories of the past to the present day retelling is, in and of itself haunting and romantic.” — Tome Tender Book Blog

But that’s not all! As part of the tour, I am giving away one signed paperback of Cursed and 2 kindle copies to lucky winners. I am eagerly, and a bit anxiously, awaiting the other nine reviews expected this week. You can follow along and check the reviews by visiting the Review Page.

Also, since a lot of the book Cursed is set in the holiday season, Cursed is listed with StoryFinds with a first chapter to check out tomorrow, December 10, as part of their Holiday Theme Week.  And, if you like the cover, they have a cover contest that Cursed is entered into for the following week – December 15-21.

winter2013short2Last, but certainly not least, I am part of the Night Owl Reviews Winter Scavenger Hunt where you can play along with a selection of authors, fill in the blanks to be entered into a drawing and each author is offering gift baskets to lucky winners.  You can learn more about the NOR Scavenger hunt by visiting my website.

If you decide to get involved with any of these fun holiday promotions for Cursed, or download the holiday short Yankee Swap, I hope you enjoy, wish you good luck with the contests, and, dear reader . . .

Happy reading and happy holidays!

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Free Kindle Short Story Dec 9 only: Yankee Swap

As the show and ice mix descends on the Boston area, Yankee Swap – my holiday short story – goes FREE for the day on Amazon Kindle.

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Yankee Swap is a short contemporary romance that features Claire Singleton, a woman on hiatus from men after another bad break up.  Claire is not feeling the Christmas spirit this year and not looking forward to the company Yankee Swap.  After being dragged to the holiday party by her colleagues, Claire says just a little too much to the wrong guy.

A fun romance for the holidays ~ download today before it returns to $0.99!

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Small Business Saturday – New Holiday Release

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In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am happy to release a new short story: Yankee Swap.  It’s a fun romance set around the Christmas holidays and I will be offering it through Amazon KDP.

As you think about and plan your attack for this years holiday shopping . .  . think local, think small!

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My Books are on Pinterest

My Books are on Pinterest

Postcards of my two novels: The Dating Intervention and Cursed.

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Paranormal Month is a Beautiful Yet Slightly Creepy Time of the Year

cropped-704381_278527102249873_1285116128_o.jpgImagine you are a young girl, on your own in a strange new city, moving into a magnificent brownstone with dark secrets running through its walls.  And, you have a beautiful woman showing up wherever you are – desperately wanting to be your friend but her smile makes you shiver. Now imagine your landlord is hideously deformed, keeps a hermit lifestyle, and has strict orders not to look directly at him – yet you find yourself doing just that.  Someone is Cursed – but who?

In celebration of what is officially paranormal month, I thought I would offer a first chapter sample of my paranormal romance, Cursed.  The book starts out during October, a beautiful time of the year here in Boston with the trees ablaze in oranges, reds and bright yellow against the bluest skies imaginable.  But behind this beauty is death; the leaves turn brown and fall and an icy coldness sets in.

Cursed has received a Top Pick honor from Night Owl Reviews, has hit the top 10 for kindle select downloads for paranormal/occult, and maintains a 4.5 star rating on Amazon since its release last December.

Chapter One is available here for your reading pleasure and if you want to continue, please visit Amazon for a paperback or kindle download.  What’s better than a creepy story, a vengeful witch, and a curse for weekend read during Halloween month?

Hope you enjoy!

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