2011 So Far

2011 seems to be going well so far, writing-wise. I had January and February off from my choir (rehearsals begin again in March), so I planned deliberately to focus on writing, especially in February.

In preparation, in mid-December I read through an abandoned novel for the first time since August, with the plan of turning it into a short piece of 15-20,000 words. I cut out large chunks of subplot, saving them in separate files. I won’t tell how much I cut, because, ouch! Then I let it lie while holiday obligations took over, until near the end of January, when I opened the file again.

At this point, the file was around 12,000 words of disjointed scenes. I spent the next three weeks both adding words and cutting words; it took me a while to decide if some of the original scenes were needed or not, so it was like a photo slowly coming into focus. I also altered the plot in several ways to work better at the shorter lengt. Eventually, I had a decent draft that was story-shaped and about 17,000 words, so I sent it out to some readers. It will need a lot more work, though.

In the meantime, as I’ve mentioned, I sold a Spice Brief on proposal. I’ve started writing that now, and hope to finish well before my September deadline; the story is set during World War One.

Finally in February, I came up with a new idea for a fantasy/romance novel and drafted a very rough synopsis which included the basics of the worldbuilding. The project currently exists more in my head than on paper, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Not a bad month’s work.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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