Manuscript Monday: Writing Process

114a1ccb5f9c59a54ffbf79a7a8b94ebGood morning, Lovelies. For today’s topic I’ll be discussing my writing process. I apologize in advance if this post is all over the place, but so is my process. I used to think I was a plotter, but then one day I sat down and just started writing a brand new story; I must be a pantser. Recently I’ve discovered it doesn’t matter whether you’re a plotter or a pantser. What matters most is whatever works for you. Because at the end of the day, only you can write your story. So here are my top 6 staple things that usually occur at some point in my writing process.


  1. Brainstorming with my sisters. This usually consists of a general idea thrown into the wind and bouncing around ideas and components between the three of us until I have a feasible story idea created.
  2. A secret Pinterest board is created. On this board, my dream cast is formed. Also, items that are imperative to the story are also pinned.
  3. Reading an infinite amount of writing skills’ novels to try and figure out the ‘right’ way to plot, outline, etc.
  4. An array of plotting usually happens. This is normally filling out character sheets, stream-of-consciousness with the main characters, creating a step outline, and things of that sort.
  5. A playlist for the novel is created on Napster. I have so many novel playlists on my Napster account that it isn’t even funny. And when I’m working on a specific novel, I have to listen to the playlist for that novel. If I’m working on Sliding into Love, but listening to The Family Secret playlist, I feel like I’m cheating on my novel!
  6. Last, but not least, when I finally get my act together and realize there’s absolutely nothing wrong with my writing process or me, I begin writing my novel. I use the Pomodoro technique, which I find really works for me. I write for 25 minutes, and allow for a 5 minute break to surf the net, read, get lost in thought, or whatever it may be.

As I was writing this post, I was not a fan of my writing process. But now that I’ve reached the end of this post, I find my process is unique and I’m okay with that. Next week, we are going to go more in depth about my writing process and how my screenwriting knowledge forces its way into my novel writing process. I’d love to hear what your writing process is like.

Manuscript Monday: The Family Secret

dt8ajmateGood morning, lovelies! Over the weekend, I shared some pretty heavy stuff that had been going on in my life, and it was refreshing to finally be at a place in my life where I felt comfortable enough to talk about it. Today’s post is going to be on a happier note.

Just a side note, if the title of today’s post led you to believe I was going to be divulging secrets about my family, think again. The Family Secret is the newest novel idea I’ve had.

The Family Secret is an idea that I sat on for about four or five years, but it wasn’t a story I jumped at to write. Looking back on what my original idea was, I’m glad I waited. Sometimes it’s best to let work sit and marinate so it can be the best you have to offer.

I don’t want to give an extreme amount of the plot away, but I can tell you the book will follow four siblings and how they each cope with the death of their grandma. And, of course, along the way of coping they find out a secret their beloved Nana had been keeping from them.

Here are sixteen songs, from my playlist of 61 songs, I’ve been listening to while working on different aspects of this novel:

  1. Never Gone by Backstreet Boys
  2. Miss Independent by Ne-Yo
  3. Glamorous by Fergie
  4. Real Men Love Jesus by Michael Ray
  5. Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé
  6. Optimistic by Sounds of Blackness
  7. We Don’t Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez
  8. Misses Glass by Leona Lewis
  9. Secrets by OneRepublic
  10. Fighting Gravity by New Kids On The Block
  11. Darlin’ by Backstreet Boys
  12. God, Your Mama, and Me by Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys
  13. Disconnect by Kristinia DeBarge
  14. I’m Still In Love by New Edition
  15. I’ll Be There by S Club 7
  16. Good Life by OneRepublic

What other songs do you think are on my playlist? See you on Wednesday!

Manuscript Monday 6:


Hey lovelies! I saw this quote floating around on Twitter this past weekend, and it stuck with me. What I love about this is that it has a lot of truth to it. With all of the recent killings that has been going on in the past few months, we as writers have something that no one can take away from us. When the world around us proves to be too hectic or too real, we can use our writing as an escape. We don’t have to limit ourselves to one story, but we don’t have to bog ourselves down with ten; just having this option is what makes the writing world so great. So my advice to you today, writers, are to let go of your fears of not being good enough, not thinking your story matters, or the fear of that no one needs to read your story and just write. You’ll be happy that you did.

Manuscript Monday 5: Word Count

Good morning, lovelies! Today’s post is going to be short because I had a busy weekend, and an even busier work week coming up. So, I’ll leave you with this. I started writing Every Breath I Take back in May, and my current word count is 15,778. After taking a fellow follower’s advice (Candace), I decided to break my 85,000 words in 3 months into a smaller goal. So we’ll see how 85,000 words by December 31st works out for me!

Manuscript Monday 4:Work In Progress

Morning Lovelies! I think this is the first time I’ve ever drawn a blank for one of my posts. So today’s post is going to be extremely short. As you all know, I’ve been participating in my own personal 85k Challenge. This basically means that I’ve challenged myself to write 85,000 words over the span of 3 months. I must admit, although I’ve been writing vigorously I HIGHLY doubt I’ll meet that goal, and that’s okay. As long as I continue writing, that’s all that matters. So today’s lesson:  It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to reach your goal, as long as you reach it. Rome wasn’t built in a day.