Hi Everyone! I’m really happy to be here! My debut novel The Temporary Wife is taking me all around the web to chat with readers about some fun topics. One of the things I get asked about has to do with my writing style and how I got this particular book done under a crazy deadline. Did I mention I had to write this book in six weeks? No? Ah. Well. Here’s the low down on that.
When Intermix offered the contract, my fab editor Jesse wanted the book done in six weeks. You see, I didn’t sell a finished manuscript, amazingly I sold on proposal. She here I was with this contract and a deadline. Oh, and the full-time teaching gig…I had that too. And I was directing the fall drama at my school. Anything else? Oh, yes…Hurricane Sandy. We were lucky compared to other people. We had no damage to our home, but we were without power for a week.
Yes, I had all of that, but I made a commitment to do something different…I wrote. I wrote every day. I set a word budget and made sure to meet my goal each week. I didn’t play on games or social media when I was on the computer, I wrote. And I finished on time.
I never saw myself as a fast writer or a plotter, but I learned to do both. I changed and adapted. I learned to be a professional. I did what I had to do to get the job done. No games. No excuses.
If only I’d done this before I sold I’d have fifty books written by now.
There’s no substitute for writing. Iconic romance author, Bertrice Small, advises wannabe writers to produce three pages a day, six days a week. If you do that for fifty weeks every year you’ll have written 900 pages. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Slow and steady, as they say.
Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she's not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, two lovable dogs and a mischievous cat and resides on Long Island, NY. If she's more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy. Visit her website at www.jeanniemoon.com