Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I finished the first three chapters of THE STORM LORD’S DAUGHTER, the second book in my new Georgian fantasy romance series, THE ELVEN LORDS!

I’ll admit, after I finished THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER, I was having a difficult time with the second book. I’ve had a hell of a year, and my head and heart have been muddled with so many life-altering changes that I wasn’t sure if I could manage to write the next book…well, of course I could write it, but would it be any good? Would I fall in love with the characters and the story as strongly as I did with book one?

I struggled. I should have known better.

I made myself keep writing, and when I finished the first three chapters, I had my answer.

Oh, yes.

I decided to post this blog so that if it ever happens to me again, I can go back and read this to reassure myself. It takes those first three chapters to get to know my characters, to introduce complications that I couldn’t have thought of in the outline, because the magic of writing for me always happens when I’m in the story. When I’m living the lives of my characters, and describing the world around them.

If you’re a writer and reading this, and life is interfering with your creative process, don’t worry about it. Sit down in your chair and write. Let your talent for storytelling take over, and I promise that it will all work out. If you’re a reader, hang on to your seats, cause I’m writing you a story full of thrilling adventure, passion, and magic!

Wishing you all my best,


Nikole Hahn said...

When life interferes with my creativity, I open up a word document and begin to outline each of my characters even down to the important, but not main characters. I begin to describe them, their emotional conflicts, other conflicts, and write their lives on paper to get to know them. It worked and am back on the revision work again.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Great tip, Nikole! Thanks so much for sharing.