Updates on My Writing (and a brief look at some writing I hate doing)

1.  Time to write the dreaded Christmas letter for family.  I hate this part of the year.  I never know what to say.  I wonder if a simple, “Still writing books, kids are doing great in school, and husband comes home for good early next year” will suffice?  Because there really isn’t much else to tell them, which is good, right?  It means no one died or anything.  I enjoy all writing but this type.  Okay.  Correction.  I took Advanced English in college and had to write on the symbolic significance of stupid stories we had to read.  The teacher wanted something meaningful in the papers we had to write, and all I can say is that I’m a literal reader–if an author doesn’t come right out and say, “This wall is white because of the meaninglessness of this pathetic character’s life,” then I’ll miss the symbolism.  Besides, sometimes a story is just a story and the author never intended for it to be symbolized to death.  Case in point, Willing Golding who wrote Lord of the Flies (great movie, btw) has had his book analyzed to death but upon being interviewed said, “It was just a story about boys who crashed on an island.  I’m surprised people got more than that out of it.”

Enough rambling….  What’s up with my books?

2.  Shotgun Groom is now with the copy editor.  I am waiting to get it back before I fix it up and send it off to someone to do a proofread.  Then I will go over it again myself.  So November 15 for a release date is still in the realm of possibility.

3.  I was thinking of doing a contest when Shotgun Groom is out, but for the life of me, I can’t think of what to run the contest on.  I already have book covers and titles and such set in place for most of the romances I’m working on for next year.  I want to do something because I’d also like to run the contest with Paula Freda who wrote Driscoll’s Lady, which is one of my favorite books (contemporary western–PG 13).  Anyone got any contest ideas?

4.  I will not be posting any of my works in progress on Smashwords during National Novel Writing Month.  Thanks to writers who don’t understand what a first draft is and the fact that there are people out there who get their jollies off of stealing other people’s books, I’m not putting up the first draft of any of my books anymore.  (Someone asked, so I figured if one person asked, others are wondering about it, too.)

5.  Isaac’s Decision is going along great now that Dave has stopped fighting the story.  I am well over my original word count goal at 73,000 words today.  I adjusted the new word count to 80,000 words, but I wonder if that’s big enough.  The book might be slightly over 80,000 words, which isn’t a big deal but it does rush things a bit for my editors since I want to publish the book around January 1.

6.  When Shotgun Groom is published, I will bump Her Heart’s Desire to 1000 words a day.  I have a feeling when Shotgun Groom is out, I’ll be done with Isaac’s Decision, so this won’t be a major disruption to my day.  To Have and To Hold will probably be bumped to 500-1000 words a day.  Bound by Honor, Bound by Love will be bumped up to 500 words a day.  Now to think of a fourth book to put at the bottom of my list at 100 words a day….  I’m not sure what to write yet.  I might do a rewrite for The Keeping of Greg Wilson or a Nebraska Series book.  That book will put me at the fifth book I plan to publish this year.  For sure, I want to do at least four Nebraska Series books because I get more requests for those than any other books I write.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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4 Responses to Updates on My Writing (and a brief look at some writing I hate doing)

  1. Rose Gordon says:

    I’ve never written a Christmas letter. Perhaps I will this year. But then again, I don’t know who I’d even send it to… Maybe I’ll just stick with a dozen cards. LOL

    I have the same problem with contests. I never know what to do. I’m thinking of doing one leading up to Christmas, but I don’t know what I can do to spark interest or to do to gain entries. For some reason prizes seem to be the easier part of a contest.

    So excited for you that Shotgun Groom is with a copy editor! Even more exciting is that you’re almost done with Isaac’s Decision. Best yet, Dave isn’t fighting it. Isn’t it great when characters all get along? Life is so much easier that way!

    • It took me eleven years of marriage, but I’ve managed to break down my Christmas card list to about 10 people. When I first got married, people on his side of the family assumed 30 was a reasonable number. I spent a good month doing all those cards. I don’t have time for that anymore, what with kids and writing and such. The more time passes, the less I want to do them. Truthfully, emails and ecards are taking over. Standard letters/cards are so yesterday. 😛

      I know. The prizes are the easy part. I was thinking I might have one for a new title for The Keeping of Greg Wilson. I’ve been debating whether to take a chance and write that book next when I finish the first draft for Isaac’s Decision. It’s a historical western that isn’t a Native American Romance, so it stands a good chance of selling. I plan to completely rewrite it and hope to make it a full-length book. So far, that’s the only contest idea I got.

      It’s been so much easier ever since Dave turned into an agreeable character. I wish I’d thought to have Mary threaten him with the no sex thing sooner. I could have saved myself a lot of grief. LOL But who knows? Maybe I had to go through it to get a better ending.

      How is NaNo going so far? I’ve found dividing up word counts across books has helped a lot to keep the words flowing. I guess there’s something in me that works better this way.

      • Rose Gordon says:

        A few years back we had pics taken for a church directory and the photographer talked me into buying 12 X-mas card pictures. I only sent like 6 of them out. Quite frankly, I just don’t have that many relations.

        It always is easier when characters cooperate. I’m learning what a real pain in the hind-end willful characters can be, so I can honestly tell you, I am so happy Dave has become more agreeable as of late—even if Mary did have to threaten him with no sex.

        NaNo was going good the first two days. Today…nothing. I spent all day today doing edits for my next book. I’m sending it off to the proofer tomorrow so I should be back on track. I see you’re up to 8,382 words! Yay for you.

        • I wonder if putting pictures in cards are a waste of time and money anyway. Don’t people (except grandparents) throw them out anyway?

          I hope Wallace is being better now. It’s scary when the characters don’t fall in line with the plot. I worry the book will never get done. Speaking of which, I finished Isaac’s Decision today, and the rough draft turned out to be 81,200 words. Probably 5000 of those words will be chopped out as I go through it a second time to smooth out the rough edges, esp. things that no longer match up with my original version of the book, which is so different from how it turned out, it’s like I picked a completely different story to write.

          I can’t believe the great writing week I had. The words were flowing unusually well. I hope things are flowing better for you. If not, I can bump Wallace on the head for you. 😉

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