When I was a child, I loved to work jigsaw puzzles. You know, the ones made out of large chunks of wood. As I grew older, I graduated to adult puzzles with five hundred, one thousand or sometimes two thousand pieces. Working a puzzle is one of the few ways, besides reading, that I’m able to relax.
That said, I take a lot of heat for my puzzling strategy. People have called me “weird” because I don’t look at the front of the box as I connect the pieces. Yep, I keep the box face down on the table, so I can’t see the photograph. I don’t want to know what the odd shaped, interlocking pieces will create. I love the element of surprise as each piece builds on to the next and forms a completed picture.
I’m the same when it comes to writing. Most of you have probably heard the terms “plotter” or “pantser” in the writing world. Well, I’m a full blown pantser. I’ve tried to sit down and plot a book from beginning to the end, but I’ve always ended up frustrated. For me, writing is something I do because I’ve always loved it. The fact that I’m compensated for my hobby is a true blessing from God.
Like the pieces of my puzzles, the story pieces that I always have in my box, apart from the setting, are my character’s internal and external goals. That’s pretty much all I have to go on when I sit down to write. Why do I write this way? It’s simple. One of the most exciting things when it comes to creating a story is when my character surprises me. If I’m surprised, I hope my readers will be as well.
Speaking of surprises, shortly after my October post where I wrote about waiting on my cover from Harlequin, they sent me this.
It’s available now for pre-order and it will officially release on February 21, 2017. I’m excited to offer some giveaways in the near future.
Besides reading, which I know you all do plenty of, how do you like to relax?
**I’m at the day job today, so I’ll be around later to chat.**