PLOTTING? WHAT’S THAT?
I don’t know if I’ll ever become a plotter. The best stories I write…well, I have no clue what’s going to happen. Sometimes, when I re-read what my fingers type (yes, when I’m in ‘the groove’ I feel like they hit whatever keys they want), I get goose bumps and know it’s right. I wish those goose bumps happened each and every time…but they don’t.
I do develop characters. I attempt to discover their motivation and goals. Mostly because they’re needed in the synopsis. But I’ll grudgingly admit that it helps to have a clear picture of those two things as the story develops. It’s also easier to talk through the stalled parts of the story with other writers.
I always know the beginning scene and within the first three chapters jot down the ending line. Yeah, I may not know how the ending GETS to that line, but I normally keep it. Weird. Wired funky? I admit it, I’m a writer.
The most important thing to do is finish the book. Write. Don’t waver from that goal. Know that finishing a book gives you a leg up on everyone who NEVER finishes. Then write the next one. There are as many ways to plot, plan, not-plan, refuse-to-plan, semi-plan, detail-plan…as there are stories to be written. (And yes, that last line inspired this entire post.)
~ ~ ~ HER BOOKS ~ ~ ~
.38 CALIBER COVER-UP
AN UNDERCOVER AGENT, A BEAUTIFUL COP…
AND THE BULLET THAT BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER
Undercover DEA agent Erren Rhodes was used to working alone. So the very idea of teaming up with Officer Darby O’Malley to ferret out a killer wasn’t exactly how he thought this critical mission would go. But thanks to information only the beautiful cop possessed, finding whoever was responsible for shooting Erren’s friend made Darby a valuable—and irresistible—partner. Digging into the case, though, revealed a far-reaching conspiracy…and angered all the wrong people. Now, trying to bring a killer to justice while keeping Darby safe was making Erren remember why he was better off on his own. Especially when Darby made him long to hole up together in the safe house and never let her out of his sight.
HILL COUNTRY HOLDUP
SHE’D DO ANYTHING TO RESCUE HER KIDNAPPED SON…
EVEN IF THAT MEANT TURNING TO THE FBI AGENT WHO DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS A FATHER
Dr. Jane Palmer had every intention of telling FBI agent Steve Woods he was a father. But the rehearsed lines and practiced responses were forgotten the moment her little boy was kidnapped. Now, heart breaking and on the verge of falling apart, Jane needed Steve more than ever…
After every attempt at putting old feelings to rest, Steve Woods never expected Jane back in his life. Especially not for this reason. Racing against a ticking clock, desperate to earn Jane’s trust, Steve still sensed Jane wasn’t telling him everything. Which made him wonder why she’d come to Texas in the first place. And what it had to do with the child he’d do anything to rescue.
~ ~ ~ ABOUT ANGI ~ ~ ~
An 11th generation Texan, Angi Morgan utilizes her strong heritage to create passionate characters willing to risk everything. She writes Intrigues where danger and honor collide with love. She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. When the house is quiet, she plots ways to engage her readers with complex story lines, throwing her characters into situations they’ll never overcome...until they find their one and only.
Angi’s debut Hill Country Holdup went on sale the very night it won the RWA Golden Heart® award, is a Romantic Times Best First Series Book 2010 Nominee and a Bookseller’s Best double finalist. RT® had this to say about her second Harlequin Intrigue® .38 Caliber Cover-Up: “Morgan’s opposing forces make for a rock-solid thrill ride.”
You can find her on Facebook http://facebook.com/AngiMorgan or Tweeting http://twitter.com/AngiMorganAuthr or on her website http://AngiMorgan.com or simply email Angi@AngiMorgan.com . However you’d like to find Angi, she’d love to hear from you.
~ ~ ~ ANGI’S QUESTIONS FOR TODAY ~ ~ ~
As I’m here at my house “plotting” another submission… HOW MUCH PLOTTING DO YOU REALLY DO? How much of the story changes when you plot? Do you have any tips to make plotting easier for a die-hard pantser?
~ ~ ~ THE GIVE-AWAY ~ ~ ~
I’ll give-away a copy of .38 Caliber Cover-Up to one blog commenter. Or if you have a copy of .38 CALIBER, I’ve got several other books just sitting around to give away from different authors. Good Luck and thanks for having me on PLOTTING PRINCESSES.