July 24, 2020 – Lily Darling

Woo-hoo! After finishing Chapter 20, I’m at 60K words, halfway through the manuscript, and I’ve drafted everything I had written chapter summary cards for. The chapter summary cards are really my rudimentary way of outlining or storyboarding as I go since I am very much a “pantser.”  (See my May 19 post for a sample.) […]

July 16, 2020 – Lily Darling

So, I was able to work in a couple small scenes with my favorite British bodyguard character Watson. The first is between him and Lily at the end of Chapter 18.  Lily’s had a rough night and Watson’s playing chauffeur, and after she climbs into the back of his ride all emotionally wrecked, he gives […]

June 28, 2020 – Lily Darling

So, I’m almost done with Chapter 18, and that pizza I mentioned a couple posts ago, definitely got wasted. That bit was so damn satisfying to write. I think of it as Lily’s Carrie Underwood moment.  Right now, my girl is well and truly pissed at Eli… and hurt. And by the time I finish […]

June 17, 2020 – Lily Darling

I’m halfway through Chapter 17 which introduces a group of musicians Eli works with at his studio. The band is called RMO, and I love this trio of characters (Ryder, Morgan, and Oscar) so much that I’m already writing spinoff material in my head for them.  Also, their music style was inspired by an indie-pop […]

May 21, 2020 – Lily Darling

Okay, so actual writing might be slow-going, but idea generation is kicking into over-drive. I woke up this morning with a flood of ideas for the second half of the book. I don’t know why, but I tend to have my most productive brainstorming sessions when I’m in this strange state of semi consciousness a […]

May 19, 2020 – Lily Darling

I’m currently working on one of the more eventful days in the story. So many things go down here, I think it will probably take me another five chapters to get through them all.  Good news is, when I’m done with this sequence, I should be at the halfway point in the manuscript. Here’s a […]

May 14, 2020 – Lily Darling

Just finished Chapter 15 which introduces Eli’s father, Scooter Park. Usually when I come up with a character, they spring 100% out of my own brain. But occasionally, I’ll take inspiration from an actual person. For the past few weeks, I’ve been watching actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan on Friday Night In With The Morgans, and […]

January 22, 2020 – Lily Darling

22,000 words in. Just finished Chapter 7, and chronologically, Day 1 in the novel. Thank fuck. Eli and Lilys’ arrangement is supposed to last three weeks, so I better move the plot along or this book is going to start looking like a George R.R. Martin novel. Problem is Day 2 is Christmas. How can […]