off course

I know other authors who plot out their book chapter by chapter in a 26 page document before they even begin to write Chapter 1.

I start with an opening scene and the end. Then on occasion, I write out the 4 major turning points, with the two pinch points.

And then I write, freehand, the ideas of the first chapter before I write the chapter. And so on and so on.

But then, things change and I veer away from what I had intended. This last weekend, I spent my days trying to figure out where I go from here. The four major turning points remain, but the subplot had changed and so had the pinch point.

Thankfully, I am still moving forward, still writing. I’m 50K in and just about have the halfway point. It’ll be a long book, but I just might finish by April.

Until next time.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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