Updates

1.  Went to a writer’s conference.

Yesterday and today, I went to the Nebraska Writer’s Guild conference, and today Mark Coker (the man who created Smashwords) was there as one of the speakers.  It was an honor to get to meet him!  I also met Victorine E. Lieske, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Not What She Seems, G.M. Barlean, author of Casting Stones, author David Kubicek, author of Moaning Rocks and A Friend of the Family, and Sherry James, author of westerns such as Cowboy I.O.U.  Other great authors were there, but those are the ones who are currently at the top of my mind.  I had a great time and enjoyed everything.  😀

2.    I’m thrilled to say that An Inconvenient Wife is finally back on track.

After removing 40,000 words (which was about 2/3 of the book), I started fresh from the second day of the hero and heroine’s forced marriage.  (Forced as in they had to because of the “scandalous situation”) they were caught in.  I had already posted the excerpt here but modified the scene so that it was her father who cried “scandal” and they waited a week for the special license to come in so they could get married.  (You’ll also note, I changed the title from The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife to An Inconvenient Wife because I thought a shorter title would be better.)

Anyway, the heroine has made one attempt to escape and run to her family before leaving London, but the hero caught her and they are currently heading for the country estate.  On their way, they must stay at a crowded inn and fight over who gets the most sheets and I want them to try to kick each other off the bed because they can’t stand each other.  Now maybe I can get this book back to my original vision where she’s supposed to dress up like a stableboy in order to escape but he finds her and decides to have a sense of humor and pretends she’s the new hired help and gives her chores to do.  That was what I wanted to do but in a way that is funny.  The way things went when it turned out wrong was these two were way too serious, and I don’t want them to be that serious.  Life is short.  Laugh a lot.  You know what I mean? 

Once in a while, it’s nice to write something more lighthearted.  By the way, Her Heart’s Desire has a lighthearted feel to it as well.  But Bound by Honor, Bound by Love is serious like the rest of the Native American Romance Series. 

3.  I still plan to finish the first draft to Her Heart’s Desire before the end of this month.

I expect to finish in about two weeks, esp. now that I know the final missing piece in the story.  It took me some brainstorming to figure it out, but I did.  I also want to do one scene with Richard and Amanda since I want to write their book in the Nebraska Collection next.  Now, I’m thinking Richard and Amanda’s story stars in New York and covers the wagon trail as they headed for Omaha.  I got a book last month on wagon trails for research purposes.  I’m thinking Amanda loves him but he didn’t love her right away.  However, that is subject to change depending on how the characters evolve.  I’m thinking he marries her to get her out of a bad situation, and this is why Sally tells Mary that they decided not to stay in New York.  I have to go back and check Eye of the Beholder to find out exactly what Sally told Mary.  It’s little details like that which can trip an author up.  😀

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Well, that’s all I can think of for right now.  I hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

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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6 Responses to Updates

  1. Judy DV says:

    Sounds like you had a great day Ruth. And glad to hear your book is back on track. Can’t wait to read it.

    • When you do, I’m sure you’ll notice how different it turned out to be. I’m able to save some of the scenes, but I really want a large bulk of it to be different. I need to email you today. Yesterday, we ended up running down to Omaha to get a smaller dishwasher since the one we had bought to put in yesterday was too big. From there, the day was nothing but running around doing more stuff while we were out anyway, and I got no emails done. I feel like I ran a marathon when all was said and done. LOL

  2. Glad to hear the Inconvenient Wife is back on track! I had to do a major rewrite not long ago too. It was hearbreaking at the time but worked out for the best. As you said in your last post I think, sometimes the need to rattle off so many words a day, or to at least write something, means that you head off in an unplanned direction, simply because you want to feel you’ve achieved the daily writing quota. It works for a while but eventually catches up with you!
    Lucky you to meet all those interesting guys at the conference.

    • I agree. The pressure to put out so many words a day can make a story go in a direction it shouldn’t go. Then you feel stuck and you’re trying to work around it, only to find out you wrote yourself into a corner with a book you’re not that happy with. It did work great for a while, but as you said, I think it’s catch up to me. 😀 I guess being a writer is a process of figuring out what works and what doesn’t, so we’re always improving.

      And yes, it was awesome to meet so many great people at the conference. I also got to hear some people read samples of what they wrote, and they have a lot of talent.

  3. I enjoyed meeting you, too, Ruth Ann. Thanks for the mention and the link to my blog.

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