This week has definitely been a big one for me. On Monday, I strolled
On Wednesday, I got to MEET Kresley because she was in Atlanta for book signings. I got to talk to her for a good 15-20 minutes, pretty one-on-one and it was awesome. She's so nice and cool and sweet and funny and writerish and it was just a kick ass time! Meeting her totally reaffirmed my need to write. If she, a normal gal like m'self, can do it...then SO CAN I!
I'm off today and tomorrow, and after meeting Kresley, I went out and bought a shiny new spiral notebook (a sure sign that I intend to write and not be bothered by the outside world for a solid 48 hours). I've got the world building and researching down - now it's time to really solidify my characters. Kresley said in a recent online chat that she usually starts with characters, then the story and circumstance follows. I've already gotten so much on paper now that I've thought about it that way! As an avid reader of romance, it's easy to forget the elements that go into the stories when you're trying to turn around and write them. Especially with Paranormal Romance, it can be easy to focus so much on doing something "different" and "new" that you lose the essence of what makes it a Paranormal ROMANCE - the ROMANCE and the CHARACTERS. At the end of the day, the love story is the most important aspect romance. Period. Now that I'm back to that, I'm feeling like I can move on from researching. MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP!
So, as I'm writing this and working on carving out my characters, I've got the Lord of The Rings on in the background and I'm in the zone! Here's hoping that I don't get thrown off course!
Have you ever met one of your favorite authors? What was it like? If you're a writer, how did meeting them influence your approach to your own writing?