Find out why I’m a “pantser” in my Goddess of Suburbia Blog Tour stop at Taylor Hondos’ blog! My guest post is all about my writing process.
Here’s an excerpt:
I’m a pantser. That’s the best way to sum up my writing process. I don’t plot. I just can’t, though Lord knows I’ve tried. In fact, I took a plotting workshop with the fabulous and prolific Cherry Adair – it was so incredibly informative. I took all the different colored Post-Its, markers in every hue of the rainbow and a giant poster board and plotted my little heart out. I went from start to finish, outlining an entire novel called, Out of Nowhere. I had layers and layers of neon Post-Its, all scribbled with different colored markers, detailing scenes, characters, motivations – you name it, it was on that poster board. Cherry was impressed.
I was amazed at how easily I came up with the intricate plot about a single mother of a son who’s battling obsessive compulsive disorder. She and her son witness a hit-and-run not long after her husband has committed suicide (the hit-and-run is mysterious, with the body disappearing by the time the police arrive and the husband’s suicide wasn’t quite what it seemed).
In the days following the workshop, the story was really shaping up to be a tense thriller that readers just might have gobbled up. And then… I stalled. Sixty pages or so in, I hit a brick wall. Weeks passed and still the document hovered around sixty pages. That was when I realized that having the entire plot in front of me squelched my creativity. The once flowing creative juices slowed down to barely a trickle. I realized that I needed my characters to evolve organically – I needed them to tell me where to go next. I couldn’t dictate the flow, without getting to know them first… Read the rest here.
Suburbia meets scandal in this hopeful and honest portrayal of that moment in every woman’s life when it’s time to make a change, even if that means risking losing it all. Goddess of Suburbia by Stephanie Kepke is a must-read for women looking to reconnect with their passions, and live authentically.
When pillar of the community and PTA mom, Max, allowed her husband, Nick, to record a sex video of them on his cell phone, she thought of it as simply a way to keep Nick interested and entertained during his frequent business trips. But suddenly, Max is trending everywhere-her video lighting up the blogosphere and Twitter, thanks to the fact that she’s a genuine, imperfect woman. Now the paparazzi are chronicling her every move; her daughter wants to disown her; and her marriage has completely fallen apart. Just as things can’t get any more chaotic, Max’s college boyfriend, shows up two decades after he broke her heart. Now Max must learn to stop going through the motions of her life on auto-pilot and start living authentically, or risk forever being a suburban lemming running towards the cliff of old age.