How I Write
I have a day job, and a family, and a farm. This means it can be challenging to find time to write!
I don’t have a problem coming up with ideas. They pop into my head all the time: while I’m driving, in the shower, while I’m doing barn chores or housework. I tend to work out the major plot points while tidying or shoveling or what have you, but I don’t usually write a detailed synopsis in advance. I just like to have a general idea of where the story is going.
Once I know what’s going to happen, I start to write. I used to think, “if only I had more time to write a book,” and dreamed of long stretches of uninterrupted time where I would compose a masterpiece.
Reality bites. I rarely have more than fifteen or twenty minutes at a stretch. The only way to get things done is to fit as much as I can into those fifteen minutes, a writing sprint if you will. I’ve actually found if I do have three or four hours, I don’t get the same amount done as if I split that amount of time over a bunch of fifteen-minute sessions.
The key is the daydreaming while driving or whatever. That way I keep the story in the front of my mind, so when I do sit down to the keyboard I don’t need to waste time thinking, “Now, where was I?”
There’s also what I call the cliffhanger principle: I stop writing in the middle of a scene, not at the end of one. I can stop at the end of a chapter, too, because I love ending a chapter with a cliffhanger.
The one exception to the long stretches of time is the end of the book. When I get close to the end I just want to keep going. For Heir To The Pack, I wrote the last fifty pages on a transcontinental flight. (Thanks, United!)
Starting is the hardest for me, always, but there’s nothing quite like typing “The End”. Right now I’m working on getting there for the sequel to Heir To The Pack, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!
They’ve both been carrying a secret: She had a son from their three day fling and he’s a werewolf. How will each react to the news and will the news save their son?
Fans of paranormal romance are sure to love this thrilling new novel from Laura Welling. Will the revelation of what Dash really is be enough to save his and Annie’s son from a mysterious illness?
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Synoposis: Three years ago, Annie had a three-day fling in Cancun with a handsome stranger, Dash. Two years ago, she gave birth to his son. Now, Annie’s son is fading away with a mysterious illness, and she must seek help from his father, who doesn’t know he exists. But Dash has news for her: first, he’s a werewolf; second, he’s about to be crowned their king; and third, their son has been touched by an ancient curse.
About Laura Welling
When she’s not writing, Laura Welling wears a lot of other hats: mother, farmer, and software engineer. She’s Australian but lives in the United States on a horse farm, which she shares with her family, crazy dogs, and various horses, cats and chickens. She is a compulsive reader of all genre fiction, who started reading before the age of two, and never stopped. She wrote her first “book” when she was five—a spy story, which has since been joined in a bottom drawer by various other early attempts.
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