Hello all my Assassins’ fans! How are you? How is the start of your summer going?
Mine is positively insane! hehe!
I feel like I am losing my mind, honestly!
When I wrote Taking Shots this time last year, my schedule at work was different, now I work 12am to 8am, and I am always tired. Mix that with two rambunctious children, a writing process, and keeping a house hold going…yeah, I really don’t know how I’m gonna make it! I’ve seemed to put myself in a bubble, only letting the kids in. Its my Empty Net bubble, where Tate and Audrey are living their story. While trying to entertain my kids I find myself stopping, and writing stuff down in my notebook or my computer, if its close. When I’m driving, I’ll stop and write, its insane. I am also starting to find out who my friends really are too. The ones that understand my insanity tend to be there when I need them, the ones that don’t have wrote me off.
This time around its worst, I dont know if its because of the pressure of wanting to write a great story or what, but like always I find myself second guessing my work. Like this:
Oh no! Is Audrey stupid like people said about Elli?! or stubborn like Fallon?
Will people connect with Audrey?
What about Tate? Am I writing them right?
Crap! Am I making them believable!
Freaking A, do men do that?
Does that happen in Hockey?
For the love of God, please let people love this book.
Add in my kids tearing up the house or arguing and that is my world right now. Tate and Audrey are always there. I see people do something, and my head will cock to the side, and I’ll think that Audrey and Tate would do that. So I write it. My husband and I will argue or be cute about something and I’ll write it. Everything around me inspires my Tate and Audrey, all I can do is write them and hope I do them right. I don’t write cookie cutter romances, I’ve accepted that I’ll never be a Nora Roberts or Kristin Higgins, and I have to stay true to me.
I love the book so far, I think it is amazing. Along with Taking Shot and Trying to Score, I am proud of what I’ve done. I sent off to my beautiful, amazing, super great, beta readers,(no I am sucking up to them, I honestly love them for taking the time out to read my book and tell me what they think!) and so far all of them LOVE it and I’ve only sent off 5 chapters! So I am super excited about that! My critique partner is hard at work, trying to decipher my mind and make my book shine. She is fantastic and doing a fantastic job. Then you have my two amazing, awesome, sweet editors, that I know have the hardest job out of everyone. It has to be hard to catch all my errors because God knows there is a ton! lol!
Now thats I’m done talking about my life kind of stuff, lets go onto Empty Net. There are no spoilers or anything like that, I dont want to spoil the the book for anyone, I’m just letting y’all into my life.
So here we go!
I just finished Chapter 13.
The ending word count is: 67,380
My goal is to have Chapter 16 done by next Wednesday.
When I get to Chapter 15, 5 more chapters will be sent out to my beta readers.
I think the editors are done with chapter 1-8 and my critique partner is right there with me, waiting on 13. I havent finished reading it over yet, so she hasn’t gotten it yet.
I don’t know if you could consider this a spoiler but this is the last line I wrote:
“Yeah, Audrey, I know. Friends.”
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions or suggestions for next weeks Writing Wednesday please let me know! I feel like I’ve done nothing but bore y’all! Sorry if I have!
Thanks so much!
Sheesh lady! You have a ton going on! I don't see how you do it!
But! – I'm glad you do, cuz I love me some Assassins Books! 🙂
&& you know I'm here if you need me 😀 Even if I am just a Beta reader! (:
&& don't worry too much about those “friends.” Clearly; if they can't take you when you are in the “zone,” then they don't deserve you when you aren't! If all goes well; I could take them off your hands for you if we manage to make it back there like we want!
I love you Tabby! I know you'll always be there <3
Thanks, Toni, for the post =) absolutely NOT a bore. Life can get busy and to add on top of that writing a book? Thank you and your support system ( family, friends, and editors) for being there for you or for working hard on the next great book. Keep up your awesomness =)
Thank you so much Laurie! I'm trying!
Hmmm, don't know about giving writing hints to you Toni, I look up to you for that, but I have a music suggestion (or maybe inspiration) for you, there is an awesome Canadian group, from Nova Scotia, The Trews, I love their music…gonna try to send a couple of links
http://youtu.be/sbaNlO_Ajm8 http://youtu.be/TxNfaIaSNGI http://youtu.be/Tl4iX5ioH94
If no inspiration comes out of it I have exposed you to a new group… Happy writing!! Corinne
oooooooooo thanks Corinne! I am super excited to check them out!!! I'll let you know!
OMG FRIENDS?!?!?!!?!?!?!?! that can not be the last line you wrote!!! WTF!!!! gah!! and girl!!!! i need more chapters!!! i want i want i want!!! <3 i totally love you lady! and life can get crazy quickly! just remember you are amazing *im every woman, its all in meeeeeeeeeeeeeee* sorry cant help sing that to you!!!
so go take a nap, send the kids and husband away. and hopefully tate and audrey will let you sleep without fucking (thehehehe) it up!!!
lmfao!!!!! RIGHT?! hehehe! Thanks babe! Love you bunches!
Toni your living your dream! Your a published author. Sometimes friends need a break or a time out from each other. As far as Audrey goes we loved her already. She already has a following just stay on track with that. One thing I would like to see is a great erotic shower/ bath scene. I know every author has one, but thats because the fans love them. Just do it Toni style w/ humor. I just read Hot in Here by Sophie Renwick great shower/ vouyer scene 😮
thanks so much Annette! Its tough but I love it! I will work in that sex scene for ya!!!! hehe 😀 Hopefully it lives up to everything you want!
Oh my, I just read that book last week and its still on my mind. I think Renwick is writing a series about these brother. The cover is a little raunchy but hey, that whats great about ereaders nobody can see what your reading (wink) ! It's a great quick summer read to share with girlfriends over drinks. Spicy yum! And I will be looking for that scene in Empty Net! What I am really looking foward to is how Audrey will finally kick Levi to the curb.