It’s natural in your writing life to have highs and lows in your productivity. I’ve been in a down cycle recently, writing less but doing all the things I ignore when I’m writing. Like housework, entertaining, and reading other people’s books.
But eventually the siren song of writing calls, and now I’m writing again.
Did you read my novella in the Hockey Holidays box set? It was the hate-turns-to-love story of Em Davis and her fake Christmas boyfriend, Ian Reid. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get the box set, Her Best Worst Boyfriend has now vanished. But it will be back and better than ever. We had very strict word limits for the box set and I had to cut out a sex scene (ouch), so I’ll reinsert that (heh, heh).
Do you remember Em’s two best friends in the story, Abby and Sophia? I am currently writing Abby and Mason’s story. Abby was actually married when we met her, so it’s a prequel. And here’s something from Her Best Worst:
“Who tells their parents that we have to have separate bedrooms because I snore?” asked Ian.
“It was the best excuse I could think of. You certainly don’t look like someone of high principles who wouldn’t have premarital sex,” said Em.
“Got that right. The point is, when people are into a new relationship, they want to bone all the time. Remember that first year with Abby and Mase?”
Em nodded. Those two had not been able to keep their hands off each other. After several embarrassing encounters, Em had learned to knock even on open doors before she entered. And she still knew way too much about Mason’s naked body.
So, that’s my challenge: to write a couple that fall into lust! These novellas are the “tropiest” stories I’ve ever written. Abby and Mason are a forbidden love story. And after that I’ll write Sophia’s story—it’s a best friends to lovers story. And these three tales will be my beer league romance trilogy. Once that’s done I have a bigger project to write.
The best part about writing is the way it occupies your mind. You can come up with plot fixes or character arcs when you wake up in the morning or while you’re taking a shower. You get dragged into the lives of these characters and obsessed by them.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.