By: Angi Morgan
Congratulations to "Mary P", the winner in Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
I'm writing my seventh Harlequin Intrigue and sometimes it's a bit harder to think of original words. How do you keep the story fresh? I was mid-chapter, becoming a little worried that the pace was too slow. I chatted with my pal, Robin Perini (who has a book out this month). Our standard line when we complain about pacing… "Any chance you can throw a dead body in there?"
And then it hit me. Yes, there was. I went back a chapter, added a murder and the tension level/pacing grew. Then I slept on it. Next day, I added the murderer hiding in the closet and the couple had to flee. Cool, that worked. Lots of tension, but wait… I wrote the next scene and the heroine had a cut on her arm. How did that get there? "In the fight," my brain answers. What fight? No one was in a fight. "Well, the murderer was in the closet and your hero's a real hero, isn't he. Of course they fought. You needed action." But how did the heroine end up with a cut? "She walked in on the fight, silly!"
Yes, that was an actual conversation I had with myself. Scary sometimes how the pieces of stories come together for me. Well, not so scary for me because I'm used to it. When I told my husband about the conversation I thought he'd be just as surprised as me. Nope. He remembers a lot of stories where I've been surprised. (Actually, I was almost at the end of a book when I found out who was the bad guy.)
Why am I sharing my wandering, pantser writing story today? I'm only writing #7 but I'm celebrating the sale of 8, 9 & 10. Kuddos to my friends (too many writers to name individually) who have completed numerous titles. A big shout out and wave to Delores Fossen who is celebrating her 50th Intrigue this month. With their examples of creativity and a lot of determination, I'll keep my writing fresh and follow my dream to reach my 50th someday.
Throwing a dead body into your normal life isn't what I'd wish for any of you. But I hope you're enjoying your summer and it's full of nice surprises.
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Angi Morgan writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award,Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.
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ANYONE DOING SOMETHING FUN THIS SUMMER? HAVE ANY "DEAD BODIES" THROWN INTO YOUR STORY?
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