Just for fun, because my friend Susan, who has a wonderfully personable and long-running website, asked if there is a particular place I like to write, I thought I’d post a pic of my desk. We have a full house, so I write in a corner of my bedroom upstairs. This is what my monitor looks like when I’m writing. I use a software program called Scrivener, for plotting and planning scenes and compiling character photos for inspiration, that has become indispensable to me. I could write a whole blog post on Scrivener alone. I write actual chapters in Microsoft Word.
This story I’m working on, the rough draft is about a third of the way finished. Not sure I want to share the storyline yet. I love the characters and have an older couple as well as a younger couple, and maybe even a little suspense which is quite a departure from what I usually write, so this has been a lot of fun to work on.
My first book is simply a labor of love, something I’d been working on for many years. They say, write the story you want to read, and I did. I know for certain it has many flaws. It’s greatest offense is “head-hopping” where the points of view of both characters is shown in a single scene. I’m not entirely sure but I think I learned this by reading very old romances, and though I didn’t know any better when I wrote this story, even if I had, I think I simply couldn’t bear not to. There are lots of sparks between the main characters, Mac and Carly, and I wanted to be able to show both their thoughts during an argument, for instance. Or a kiss.
Since my writing is very character driven and what I like best about writing, it is hard for me to limit myself to one point of view per scene, but I am learning and working hard to do that from the outset this time around even though I still sometimes include both POVs during a scene with clear line breaks between. It makes me wonder if readers notice head-hopping quite as much as the rule keepers insist they will. I’ve never noticed it as a reader, or tossed a book away because of it, but that’s a whole other discussion.