Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week One

I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
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With my detailed outline, it was time to start Chapter One of The Fairytale Effect (this is the working title of Book 8, but could change at some point). I always feel a mixture of excitement and nervousness whenever I start a new book. I can usually see my characters, I know what their story is (to whatever extent my planning has gone to) but I always worry that I won't be able to capture it quite right on paper.

But after a few distractions (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, checking the links - again - in the newsletter I'll be sending out soon, faffing about in Canva), all designed to delay the inevitable, I cracked on with Chapter One. And do you know what? I loved it! Emily's voice came through straight away and although it's early days, I can see her character emerging.

It's been really hot again this week (seriously, the whole of Britain was in danger of turning into one giant, sweaty puddle) so using a laptop hasn't always been pleasant with the added heat. But I've managed (somehow) and completed the first four chapters of The Fairytale Effect. I'm loving my new set of characters - especially Emily - but Kevin, her best friend's boyfriend, has also presented himself as being a fun character. I couldn't really 'see' him during the planning stages, but he's brought himself forward and I'm looking forward to more scenes with him.
Although I have a structured outline, there's still room to manoeuvre and I've already had to shuffle a couple of scenes - and deleted two that no longer seemed necessary and would only slow the plot down.
I'm aiming for 10,000 words per week, but I'm around 600 words short so far. BUT, it's only Friday so I'll just have to make sure I have a little session at my desk this weekend.
Books I've Read This Week
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson
TV I've Enjoyed This Week
Big Brother & ITV's Fearless
Word Count
9,452 (but it WILL reach 10,000 this weekend)

Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?


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