BookBlogWriMo: So, I missed yesterday’s challenge. I took the day off, from just about everything (except being a mom – that would be impossible). Therefore I will combine yesterday’s challenge (least favorite blogging things) and today’s challenge (favorite book tropes).
Least Favorite Blogging things:
-The time it takes to create a post. I always think it’s going to be quick, but it never is. Plus, my kids usually interrupt me at various points, so what I start in the morning, sometimes doesn’t get posted until the evening (or next day).
-I also don’t care for the technical glitches. I am sure every blogger out there is saying the same thing, but my blog host just ‘updated’ their look and I am not a fan of change (ask my husband). I had to relearn where everything is, just so I could post something. I’m a bit of a curmudgeon that way.
Favorite Book Tropes:
I had to ask my husband what this is, luckily the walking encyclopedia that he is explained it to me. It’s something that is used a lot in books (HEA, Alpha male, etc.).
-I like HEA’s. If I am reading something I want to be happy by the end.
-I like my male hero’s to be real. What I mean by this is I want a Hero to be able to show emotion and not be a total Alpha male. Like the hero from Archer’s Voice or The Story Guy, if I were single and met those men in real life I wouldn’t be writing this stuff because I would be living it! I have dated men who were emotionally guarded, it’s the worst! So, I can’t escape into a book with an H who is closed off from the world emotionally(been there, done that, won’t EVER do that again).
-I like my female heroine’s to be strong, intelligent and flawed. I REFUSE to read another book about a ‘supposedly’ strong, intelligent h that is a virgin, never masturbated and is worried and embarrassed about everything in life. No, that ain’t strong and that ain’t smart, that’s called being 12 years old.
NaNoWriMo: I have been busy rewriting my novella, so I haven’t been able to add words to my new book. Which is okay because I have made even more decisions about this book. Not only will it be about 80,000 words (instead of 50,000) and eventually sent to a literary agent, but I want to make a series. The book is about a maid of honor, so obviously there are bridesmaids in this book. I want each book in the series to be about one of the bridesmaids. I have already come up with an idea for one of the bridesmaids. I told my husband this morning and he laughed out loud at my ideas. He never laughs, usually gives me a smile and nods his head. So, I know this idea is good.
Due to all these changes I want to go back to plotting, so I can plot out the series ahead of time to make sure everything fits together and it doesn’t look like I just slapped it together. So, as far as the writing challenge goes, it will be put on hold for now. I want to dedicate my time to getting the outline right, make sure the scenes and ideas flow, and the characters work together. If I write just to write, I will feel like I wasted time I could have spent getting this to work.