When I first started writing my book it was under distress. I completed my first half (25,000 words) in a week. I had been reading my favorite authors such as Brenda Jackson, Rochelle Alers, and Beverly Jenkins since high school. In my distress, I was looking for stress relievers, and I fell back on my comfort and love of reading. However, midway through the book, I stopped. I looked at the cover, the backstory, and then the name, all the things I usually skip to get to the first page. After making that observation, I said to myself,
I want to see my name, my backstory, and my characters on the page.
Now, there was a point where I stopped, because just as passionate and intimate I can get with a book, I can do the same with writing. And as a college student at the time, that wouldn’t have been complementary. When I resumed, I really looked at the story and I started to pre-write the scenes. As result of pre-writing, now I am at a puzzle stage where I am trying to piece everything together, after my characters have spoken to me. I have gradually learned that your characters speak to you. However, I don’t use that as an excuse to spurt write, I am trying to hold myself accountable to a schedule. So, writing a little bit, even a word, is better than nothing. That includes writing words that mean nothing at the time and finding better use of them later. As a writer I can see where I want the story to go, and the major plot twists. Then it just becomes a matter of detail, refreshing my memory, and modifying it piece by piece.