Thursday, 27 September 2012

What I’ve learned so far, part one

Since release day is looming, I’m going on a virtual tour and hosting a score of fab authors, these posts will be crammed in sporadically! I promise to do them as close together as possible.
The first thing I learned was that I really couldn’t fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants with every single thing about the story!
I’ll take you back in time, to New Voices 2011, when the first version of Isle of Sensuality was finally penned. I thought it was fabulous, I loved the hot fling between Caitlyn & Jake on the Island, but my story didn’t place. I honestly didn’t care. The amount of fabulous entries made me realise a thing or two about my own writing and the feedback I got on the first chapter was priceless. After the top twenty-one was announced, I submitted a revised partial and synopsis to Mills & Boon. 
Fast forward to January 2012 and I received a revise and resubmit from the editor. With it, she enclosed very helpful worksheets and character profile sheets suggesting that I use them to hammer down who my hero and heroine really were. I did, re-wrote the whole thing again like a mad woman, then sent off another three chapters and synopsis. 
It still wasn’t quite right and she pointed out a few inconsistences with character motivation, predictability and plot issues. Having it spelled out made me see where I went wrong. After a few chats we decided to move onto a different story, aiming it for RIVA, but she asked that I send a one page synopsis outlining conflict, motivations and character development. 
It was the best thing I ever did. I’d plotted out The Monster of Fame for NanoWriMo due to the nature of the story (its set during a reality singing completion) and as a result, it didn’t need much in the way of revising. 
So the most important thing I’ve learned so far is to really get to know my characters before I begin writing instead of learning who they are as I go along. This helps give me a better idea of how to push each character to their emotional limits, what they’re most scared of and what will break them. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but it certainly helped me with Flirting With Trouble.
Next time, I’ll let you all know what I’ve learned through professional edits. 


  1. Hi Aimee, great post...

    Learning is a good thing eh?

    Have a good one. Cheeries


    1. I agree! I love learning new things :D

  2. Really enjoyed this Aimee. Always good to hear of the journey.