Welcome, Lorrain, and take it away....
I’m going to talk about writing a series and how it differs from writing a single title.
Writing a series can be difficult as you're dealing with multiple characters and, in some cases, multiple locations. To ensure all the details remain consistent for every character means keeping good notes. For this, I use a spreadsheet. On it, I can list each character, their personal attributes: hair: length and color; eyes: color, glasses, contacts; build, etc. I list their parents, children, occupations, vehicles they drive, and anything else important to the stories. Even location…details about the house, outbuildings, nearest town…all these things require constantly checking back through your manuscript if you don't keep detailed notes as you go.
In writing the Thunder Creek Ranch series, I've referred, and added to, my spreadsheet many, many times. Having to search through a 200+ page manuscript for details is not fun and takes away from the creativity…time better spent writing. When the muse is working and the words flowing onto the page, the last thing you want to do is break that connection.
Even when writing a single title, I use my trusty spreadsheet to keep the details straight. I usually have two or three manuscripts on the go at all times, and it would be foolhardy to trust my memory. Even when I'm working exclusively on one book, I use that spreadsheet.
When reading a story someone else has written, inconsistencies will pull me out of it. I'm like, "What? She had green eyes in chapter three, now they're violet? What gives?" I don't want that happening to my readers, so I take extra care to prevent these things from occurring.
What about you? What things do you run across, as a reader or writer, that irk you?
Cameron Manning has never forgotten his first love. Of Irish descent, he met red-haired, fiery tempered Lacey Kerrigan in
her family returns to England
unexpectedly and they haven’t any means of contact. He finds her and receives
the surprise of his life. Ireland
Lacey is thrilled to see Cameron, but is afraid of being hurt again. She keeps her distance and rebuffs his advances while he’s in
certain that a long distance affair will never work. But when tickets arrive
for her to visit his home in Ireland ,
she realizes his love is true and is willing to give them a second chance. Canada
Fate intervenes when they find a murdered man on Cameron’s back deck. All evidence points to Cameron as the killer. Can their reawakened love survive the stress of a murder investigation? Or will it be the catalyst that drives them apart forever?
Lorraine Nelson is a multi-published author who lives in rural
, on the east coast of New Brunswick . Always a bookworm, she’s read many novels of romance and mystery over the years, finally deciding to put her pen to work at writing one. Canada
“To write romance and romantic suspense is my dream come true, although my mom says I was born with an avid imagination and pencil in hand, crafting stories from an early age. Now my children have grown and have lives of their own, I have time to indulge my passion for writing.”
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