Plotting & Motivation For Reap & Redeem

Awesome day at Ozarks Romance Authors meeting today. Those girls sure keep me motivated. I took the first ten pages of Reap & Redeem for critique and got some great responses and advice. Allison Merritt I liked your comment best 🙂

“Wow! Gruesome with just the right amount of humor. More! More now! Quit your job & write this!”

Could you ask for a better endorsement? I think not 😉

People keep asking me if I plotted it out, or if I’m a pantser. I tried to plot. I really did. I failed miserably. I was just too itchy to jump in, so I did. If I have a plot at all it’s coming from The Black Keys and as of Friday The Wanted. I have a playlist I’ve been pounding over and over on my long drives for my job. I’ll be sick of them by the time I’m done with 80,000 words. For now my main character and hero, Kylen, is speaking through me via The Black Keys, and my heroine (who’s name I just discovered today), Alivia, started channeling through The Wanted Thursday afternoon on my way back from the lake.

So, you ask, “What is the plot!” Well, let me tell you. If you want to know the story line so far here is my Black Keys playlist for the first half of the book. I’m still working on The Wanted playlist but this will get you in the mood.

Check them out on iTunes or Rhapsody. They are AWESOME!
The Black Keys:

Little Black Submarines

Sinister Kid

Hell of a Season

Tighten Up

These Days

She’s Long Gone

Lonely Boy

I’m Not The One

Black Mud

The Go Getter

Stop Stop

Too Afraid To Love You

Next Girl

Mind Eraser

The Only One

Dead and Gone

Howlin’ For You

Everlasting Light

Listen to them in that order and you’ll be in the mind of my hero Kylen. It’s dark in there. You might want to take a flashlight.

They’ve had a lot to say lately. This book just seems to be pouring out (knocking on wood now so as to prevent undue cursing and retribution).

Man, are they pushy. I stayed up until 12:30 Tuesday night working up the pages I’d written in my notebook at lunch and embellishing along the way. I managed to add 4,025 words! It was epic. I think that’s the highest word count I’ve accomplished in one sitting.

Today after the ORA meeting, I got to spend a couple of hours at Barnes & Nobel while my super, awesome husband took Grace to Firehouse Pottery to paint a cool piece of ceramic art before we were off again to the Springfield Cardinals baseball game. I got another whopping eleven handwritten pages scratched out so I’m hopeful for even better results tomorrow afternoon when I can spend several hours working on it.

Nana picked up Grace for one more week of Camp Grandma before school starts again on the 16th. Then it will be back to the grind and routine.

You just never know where inspiration is gonna strike. I guess you just have to be open to the possibilities.


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One Response to Plotting & Motivation For Reap & Redeem

  1. I like using music to get me in the mood for the scene I’m writing. Every time I listen to the song I’m right back into my story.