Ericka Scott

Where-Oh-Where has Ericka Been?
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Filed under A Writer's Life

Where have I been? Not blogging, that’s for sure. I’ve been digging in deep, writing, plotting, writing some more in between throwing out hunks of ill-written words, editing, and submitting. Yep, the life of an author.

What’s new with me? Hmmmm….

A Twisted Tide, my Atlantean time-travel, is out on submissions and I’ve got my fingers crossed. This is one of my “doesn’t fit any genre very well” story. If a publisher doesn’t pick it up…well, luckily authors have choices these days. I may try a different set of markets (more fantasy than romance) or self-publish the book. Decisions, decisions.

I *finally* finished Her Wildest Dreams — think Manga meets Inception. I think I started a rough draft of this story over a year ago, scrapped it, then started anew with a whole new set of characters. Still, I struggled to write every word, going back to the beginning and rehashing descriptions until I might almost be there in describing the dream realm I created. Needless to say, I do not envy Sci-Fi writers and all their world building. It’s tough! When I finally typed THE END, I truly rejoiced but took only one day off to do a little research before I pitched into another WIP.

I’m heading out of the dream realm and back to the world of shifters (which I love). I started this particular story a while back and got a whole lot of nowhere with the original idea. Still, none of that plotting and false starting is really wasted no matter what I might think at the time. While I struggled to write and rewrite, and rewrite again, Her Wildest Dreams, my subconscious must have been working diligently on how to turn the story from a “mess” into a masterpiece. I sat down to do my snowflake (Google Randy Ingermanson if you want to find out this particular plotting method) a day ago, and the story just fell into place. Mostly. There’s a bit of a sticky spot about 3/4 of the way through were I haven’t got a clue what to put, but that’s typical.

Today, I’m feeling like Stephan King when he starts a story (described in his book On Writing), I’m floundering (and procrastinating)… but my goal is to get this story written by the end of the month. 16K in 11 days should be do-able (insert wild maniacal laughter). I have to get it finished by October, because I’m hosting the writing forum at Coffee Time Romance in October. We’ll be writing a ghost story together…so I hope to see you there!

With that, I’m heading back into the fray – wish me luck and I’ll update you on my progress at the end of the month.


2 comments to “Where-Oh-Where has Ericka Been?”

  1. Paula Martin
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