Finding My Groove

Good morning! I’m getting a late start today, but I’ve got my thumpy music on and I’m easing into my groove with this blog post. I had an excellent writing day yesterday, and I even managed to squeeze in an Artist’s Date over the lunch hour.

A View to Die For stands at 30,153 words this morning, which puts me at about the halfway mark. I’ve got a dead body (of course), a pair of scrappy young police officers on the case, and an entire island full of new personalities.

Starting a new series can be challenging because everything is new, but in this case I’m working with a hero I’m already familiar with. Paul Gumbs has been Ellie Tappet’s ‘partner in crime’ for a long time, and it’s so much fun to put him at the center of a story. For me, this is the best part about writing “true” cozy mysteries; the main characters are such a delight to spend time with. I enjoy my more flawed characters too - they’re tons of fun - but cozies are just so dang…. cozy. Even for us authors writing them. ☺️

At my current “writing challenge pace” (fingers crossed, folks) I’ve got 6-7 full writing days left to finish the first draft of A View to Die For.

I’m currently following the advice in Rachel Aaron’s book 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What you Love , and it’s been great. I’ve read her book before, a few times, but the thing is, good advice only matters to the extent that you follow it.

Well, my blog timer just beeped, and you know what that means.

Into the book I go!

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