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Thursday, April 2, 2015

7 Things I Love About Writing



My dear friend, Ellis Vidler, an amazing writer and incredible editor, tagged me on Facebook to list seven things I love about writing.  

And you all know I love to talk about my passion.  

So I decided to list them here, and then they'll go to FB and Twitter

1) Creating the plot. I love coming up with an image in my head of a scene, and then letting it sit, deciding if it's enough to build a story around.  I love that. I only wish I'd make more time to do this more often.

2) My Characters. Well, actually it's a love/hate relationship.  I envy you writers who come up with a character and then build the story around them.  I can't seem to do that. But once I get my first draft done, I love finding out more layers, complexities and quirks of those people who live in my head often for years if I'm writing a series.  

3) Research.  I think you love it or hate it as well.  I love it. And I can literally lose myself in the minutiae of a detail.  HA. Sometimes those little things never see the light of day in the manuscript. But you know what? I'm learning.  I think I'd be great at cocktail parties, if we even have those any more.

4) I used to love writing love scenes.  All those hot and wonderful love scenes, but now I don't. It seems it's all been done. I'd rather write the lead up to it. Remember how your hearts pounds when that first kiss of passion happens.  Phew, yup, that's more fun to write.  But dear readers, what do you prefer to read?  


5) Falling in love with my story. Sounds narcissistic doesn't it?  But honestly it's not.  If I don't love it and want to spend my time with it, why do this?  

6) I love learning why my characters are afraid. Usually it's something inside me as well.  I love building their motivation for behaving badly or angelically. Why they need to do what they do. We all have motivations and they're not all stellar :)

7) Sheesh, only seven? Okay final one. I love it when I get email from my readers. When they tell me they can't wait for my next book to come out in that series. And I love when they leave reviews. Not the bad ones of course. Those make me hurt, I'm not that thick-skinned. But when some says they can't wait for the next L.A. Sartor book, my heart rejoices.  Maybe I'm doing something right after all.

There you have it. 
Warm hugs to all.
LA...you know where to find me...look to your right on the blog :)



10 comments:

  1. I love the build up to the first kiss and such as well. The will they-won't they?

    Nice list. :)

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  2. Great idea to use this for your blog! Fun to read, too. Hmmm. I have some blogs coming up.

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  3. I love your insights into writing. Fascinating how your brilliant mind works : ) I'm with you on the build up to a kiss than writing a love scene.

    Great post, LA!!

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  4. Hi Marsha,
    Thank you so much for the kind words and the share.

    Hugs
    LA

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  5. Hi Caroline,
    I know that will they/won't they can be pretty hot without revealing all :) Thanks for stopping by.
    Hugs
    LA

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  6. Hi Kaye,
    Want me to tag you and you can do one as well? Then post it to FB? Let me know :)

    Hugs
    LA

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  7. Hey Audra,
    Did you say brilliant mind? I'm keeping that comment forever :) Ha, may be crazy mind.

    Yes to the build up. I'm going to work on that ... watch out world.

    Hugs
    LA

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  8. I've been tagged several times and don't want to post on fb and have to tag others. But a blog post is a great idea!

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  9. Yep, I didn't tag others. I love being tagged now that I'll do a blog post on them. I want to connect more with my readers...

    Hugs
    LA

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