I hear a lot of authors say they are slow writers. Some of the best writers describe themselves this way. Your process is your process. These tips and tricks are merely ideas I have honed for myself, which I am sharing with you to do with as you will. First I want you to understand that I am a full-time writer. Last year I completed three full length novels for Harlequin, did revisions for same, and also wrote two short stories and one novella.
Because I just landed an eight book contract with Harlequin, four full length and four short stories, I had to sit down and really think about my process and what I wanted to accomplish. I had three questions in mind. Did I want to write fast? And how fast?
And when did I want to take vacations? I plan to have this contract completed by June For a period of two weeks record your daily and weekly word counts. Find out the average per day, then use that as your daily word count. Write to that word count every day, no matter how long it takes. Make writing as much part of your day as cleaning your teeth. EG this week my daughter wanted me to meet her for lunch, so Friday was a lost day.
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Once you know how many words you can do a day, calculate your deadline to finish the book and meet it. The calculation is length of finished book in words, divided by number of words per day, divided by number of days in week. If you have a deadline from your publisher, use that to calculate how many words you need to write every day. In my case my publisher asked me to indicate the dates on which I would deliver the books.
I work with 2, words per day. For me this ends up taking longer. Sneaky trick. Or find an hour you can carve out of the evening or the early morning. These extra times will up your weekly word count. If you can beat your deadline, you can increase your output, without feeling the pressure.
You can even use these times to write a different book altogether which is what I did for the short story in the Mammoth book of Regencies pictured to the left. If you are published, set other milestones in the schedule, date synopsis and three chapters are due. Deadlines you agreed with your editor. The date you should be at the midpoint of the story is another one.
You can then see if you are on track before it becomes a problem. Establish a send-it-out date and send it out on that date. No quarter given, even if it is only you sending it out as a query. Susannah Phelps. Ryan Reid. Duke of Guilford. Eliot Fitzharding, Duke of Guilford. Related places England, UK. London, England, UK.
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Now he has to stay long enough to catch her and get his father's ring back. There are many twists and turns in this story befor they get their HEA but it's a fun adventure and a great story. View 1 comment. Apr 26, LaFleurBleue rated it it was ok Shelves: e-book , romance-histo , freebie. Another disappointing freebie. Not really bad, not poorly written but not really good either. Both characterization and timelines seemed off to me. Let's start with the characterization. The hero is supposedly a rake.
However he's just 24, sometimes behaves as if he just turned 18 and his main achievement to confirm his rake reputation is not having had a relationship for more than 3 months. At 24, it did not seem that weird to me and certainly not enough to warrant such a fake moniker and reputat Another disappointing freebie. At 24, it did not seem that weird to me and certainly not enough to warrant such a fake moniker and reputation.
In my book, he is not and never would be a real rake. Then the defiant heroine. Supposedly she's 3 years after her come-out that did not occur - hence However she behaves with all the maturity of a years old. At best! And the brain the size of a pea. How she could have squandered her family money like she did was unrealistic at best and her remedies to that situation completely brainless. Every time she appeared on the page, I wanted to slap her back into reality.
Her brother is an overbearing and inconsistent ass, who did not seem to be the same age as the heroine at all; though as twins, they should have been. The younger sister made her come-out 4 years after the beginning of the story. And I believed during the whole first part that she could not have been more than 8 years old, 10 if I really stretched it. Jun 27, Grace Jones rated it really liked it. I enjoyed it : not as risque as expecting but had a very well developed plot - 4 stars. Mar 08, Bree T rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , kindle-version , romance.
Traveling back to his family pile, Garrick Le Clere, aka the Marquess of Beauworth is held up by a highwayman…err, woman. Forced to hand over his expensive personal items, a price he paid for stepping out of the coach without a weapon, Garrick cannot help but be taken in by the woman who is clearly emulating a figure in history.
Playing up to that, Garrick steals a kiss before her sidekick puts him down. Eleanor Hadley has been forced by circumstances outside of her control to attempt to acquire Traveling back to his family pile, Garrick Le Clere, aka the Marquess of Beauworth is held up by a highwayman…err, woman. Eleanor Hadley has been forced by circumstances outside of her control to attempt to acquire funds anyway she can — the latest idea being highway robbery. Her older brother was killed, her other brother is still off in India and Eleanor has her younger sister to think of and a debt that absolutely must be paid.
When she realises just who she held up and how he might be more useful, she puts into action yet another plan.
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Garrick, still smarting from his robbery and looking to get revenge on the chit that made a fool of him ends up meeting a young villagewoman by the name of Ellie and her sister. Nor is he finished with her… I got this story for my Kindle a long time ago — probably not long after I got the Kindle, which was in late Nevertheless I still have a folder on my Kindle for freebies and the other night I was looking for a bit of a historical romance to read and discovered this one.
He would much prefer to be in the army, staying away from home to help alleviate the feeling of guilt he has over something he believes he did when he was younger. He rarely ever returns home and when he is robbed, they take his signet ring. Eleanor has been forced to play head of the family since her older brother was killed.
While she awaits the younger one to return from fighting overseas, she must provide for herself and her younger sister. Despite an obvious and mutual attraction, the path to love does not run smoothly in this one. This works for a little while but then it does become quite a bit overly dramatic and just…get on with it already. It started off quite strongly but once we got past the highway robbery story I lost quite a bit of interest.
There was never any evidence that it existed, especially concerning Garrick and he remained utterly convinced it did. It was distracting and not in a good way. Promising start and relatively entertaining but not quite the story I thought it was going to be. Ended up with too many diversions and too many bit players.
Nov 27, Dawn rated it liked it Shelves: purchased. Slow to get through, but worth it.
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Lots of good stuff in this one, just a lot of it. Jun 21, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: romance. Interesting, intrigue filled plot but. Mar 31, Mnms rated it did not like it. A rather sweet story that i ended up skimming a lot of the time. Jan 30, Karyn Gerrard rated it really liked it. I will state right up front, this is a cracking good read, I could not put it down, I read it all in almost one sitting.
The action begins right out of the gate, when bored, young, idle and reckless rake Garrick Le Clare, is held up by a robber, a woman no less! Before she can steal his valuables, Garrick steals a passionate kiss. He is knocked out by her accomplice, a soldier friend of her late father's and when Garrick comes to, he feels foolish. He wants to find this woman, who set him on I will state right up front, this is a cracking good read, I could not put it down, I read it all in almost one sitting.
He wants to find this woman, who set him on fire, but made a fool of him as well. She even stole his boots! The robber, is 19 year old Eleanor Hadley, forced by circumstances to take to the road to make ends meet. Of course, the source of her misery, lost home and reduced circumstances is the Marquess of Beaworth, Garrick himself! She takes on the name Ellie Brown, and she has to take a small cottage for her and her younger sister.
It is in this small village, that Garrick meets Ellie. He is immediately taken with her sweet nature, and Ellie, well, she never forgot that kiss out on the road when she held him up. Determined to get back his signet ring, and perhaps some of his dignity. I loved the way the relationship slowly developed between Ellie and Garrick. Revenge and guilt soon turn into passion and desire, and by the end of the summer, love, though neither never admit to it.
And Garrick has his own past, and secrets, of which I will not reveal. In situations like this, misunderstandings abound. This book was very readable, it flowed extremely well, the characters well drawn. I particularly liked Garrick, his passionate ways, his dark family secrets. Yes, he was tortured to a point. And Ellie was a strong heroine, admirable, as she would do anything to protect her family, almost to the determent of her own happiness. A rousing adventure filled with passion. Oct 22, Erica Chilson added it Shelves: paper , romance , historical-romance , not-for-me , wasn-t-for-me.
Not a true DNF, more of an on-hold, so I will not rate at this time. I will leave the paperback sitting by me to read at a later date when I'm more relaxed. I believe the story itself will be entertaining and intriguing, but I am having a difficult time actually reading the book. I was looking for a few hours of mindless entertainment, and this title was making it feel more like work. I've never witnessed this before in a published print book from a well-known publisher. It was odd, as well as the other editing issues that are usually resolved during the editing process.
This would have been easier to decipher were it with 'plural' quotation marks, but the use of apostrophes caused the dialogue to blend in.
Dividing the paragraphs would have resolved this issue, as well as using actual quotation marks. It's jarring to read a sequence not written in a sequence.