Getting ready for writing

3x5-cardIt’s so curious that every book is written differently. Honestly, if I could write two books the same way I would probably be able to write a lot quicker. But, no. Each one is as unique as their plot and characters. Each book need to be written in its own way.

My Lord Ghost was written in parks, long hand. I plotted out the story, put each scene on to a sticky note on my wall, and then referred to each before I went out for a walk to write. It was all rather neat and clean, although for some reason my imagination just couldn’t kick in while I was sitting at home. No, I had to be out, with pen in hand before I could visualize a scene. I’d then spill it out, writing as fast as I could to keep up with the action and words unfolding in my head.

The book I’m currently writing—for which I finally have found a title (Falling for a Pirate)—is pouring out in large, wonderful chunks with scenes (and writing sessions) of 1500-2000 words. But the scenes are bare of emotion, light on details and lacking in the sexual allure needed for the genre I’m writing. So, I’m having to go back and put all those good parts in after I’ve written each scene.

Usually when I write I have to go back and add description. This time, it’s the emotion that’s getting left out. But then, when I go back, boy are things getting hot!

This is a completely different model for me. It’s still plotted before hand. I still know where I’m going and who I’m going with, but how I’m getting there is a whole new scenic route for me.

It’s a fascinating journey, and I’m hoping that it produces a good book, but it’s completely different from anything I’ve done before.

But I’m not going to leave you with this tale. No, because we’re moving into NaNoWriMo, I wanted to share with you (once again) my worksheets so that you are ready to forge ahead with your writing.

I have for you my story structure worksheets: a Hero’s Journey Worksheet, Michael Hauge’s Story Structure Worksheet, a basic W graph for you to fill your plot into, and my worksheet that I use when starting a book that asks all sorts of wonderful questions like what is the kernel idea of your story.

For the character worksheets I have: Michael Hauge’s wonderful Internal Conflict Worksheet, and my Character Examination Worksheet.

If you’d like to check out all the worksheets I have in my hand-dandy tool box, click here and it will take you to the OneDrive folder where I keep them all.

Because no two books are written the same, I have all sorts of options there for you to explore. Enjoy and good luck!


Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith’s heart belongs to her husband and two children. Meredith’s second favorite pastime is teaching others to write.

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