I had a doctor’s appointment one day last week and on his wall there was a plaque that readThis is so true. When I wrote my Women’s Fiction I thought about my sister and the choices she made in her life and how it led to becoming homeless. It’s sad to think how someone’s Bad Choices can be used in a story, but at the same time, as a writer, we can turn the Bad Choices into Happy Endings. As I wrote Ya Ya House, I found it therapeutic to use words to write the poignant scenes and turn those words into positive words. Words are a powerful thing. Do you find yourself using real life tragedies in your writing, and was it therapeutic for you?
The last person Jessica expects to ring her apartment doorbell is the handsome Trace Brightwell, her boss’ son. When he asks if Jessica Tucker is home, she realizes he doesn’t recognize her. Stunned she tells him she’s Jessica’s twin. She’s in trouble.
For as long as Jessica Tucker can remember, she’s had to prove she’s more than a pretty face. Wearing a disguise to look more like a no-nonsense professional, she accepts a job on an offshore oil rig. Throughout her time on the rig, she finally earns the respect of the roughnecks. When off tour, she’s back to herself, a fun-loving woman who is known as Jessie. She loves Christmas and has a doorbell that rings out “Here Come Santa Claus.”
Trace Brightwell can’t believe Jessica Tucker, the company’s serious career oriented, intimidating geologist has a twin – a complete opposite twin, not only in appearance, but in her gregarious personality, who lights up his heart when around her. He wants to see more of her.
How will Jessie dig her way out of the lies that keep growing? Her emotional attachment to Trace is dangerous and the deeper her lies sink, the more twisted her thinking becomes. Besides, how can she love a man that isn’t into Christmas.
Know Your Message: what is your book about – what are you trying to say
2. Know Your Plot: write a five-page synopsis with six major turning points (every 15,000-word count is a turning point until she comes to a resolution)
3. Know Your Characters: where they come from and what they want and emotional conflict
4. Know How to Break It Down: word count to write each day (Kate writes 3000 per day for 4 days a week) each chapter has around 3000 words, 30 chapters for a 90,000-word novel. Before starting, she makes a chapter-by-chapter outline
5. Know How to Write It: no editing, just words
For more information on her way of writing (find your way of writing) go to Kate Hewitt's link above.
One more thing. Our Facebook event Two Authors Books and aBeverage (click) will happen on October 4. Mary and I will be on zoom to discuss our Christmas books. Please join us on Facebook: