Monday, December 10, 2012
Laura O'Connell on Writing and Giveaway of Web Of Lies!
We have Australian author Laura O'Connell and she's also doing a Giveaway of her latest Web Of Lies! So over to Laura now ...
WRITING IS AN ADVENTURE
Thank you Nas for having me at your blog, today.
A few weeks ago, I attended the Gold Coast Writers Festival and I learned the term, Discovery Writer. This immediately caught my imagination and it came together with another word, adventure. I decided writing is an adventure because we don’t know where the journey is going to take us and also we discover many new and interesting twists and turns on that journey.
It is well known that writers are either planners or pantsers. Pantsers for those who aren’t familiar with the term are those writers who sit down and just write with little planning beforehand. I like the idea of being a pantser but my accounting background has influenced the way I attack a project. I think it has something to do with all the events of my work having to be in correct sequence and balanced back to zero. I plan all my novels in an excel spread sheet before I begin that first draft. With the blue print completed, I write the first draft much quicker and the work needs less revision.
However, with my current work in progress, I’ve completed my character profiles and I’m allowing the muse to take over and let characters discover their own journeys. I work from character motivation rather than plot. This is a lot more fun than planning the whole story and then writing the draft. It gives the characters more scope to be themselves and lead the way. This process can be filled with potholes if I allow my imagination too much freedom. I end up writing much more than when I plan it, which means more revisions.
However, I’m taking a romantic outlook and deciding I’m going to be a discovery writer for my current project. I like the pioneering flavour that it has.
How about you, do you think discovery writer is a better description than pantser?
About Laura O’Connell
Laura enjoys writing stories about second chances in love and life. She calls the Gold Coast home, however, her curious nature leads her on adventures to locations that surprise and inspire her. Laura has a passion for telling a good story set in places where she has lived and travelled.
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Book Blurb – Web of Lies
High school sweethearts, Stephanie and Lachlan are torn apart by circumstance, bad decisions and a web of lies, leaving an unknown future for their son, Ryan.
Eight years later they reconnect, but the time apart has changed them. The family had made decisions based on lies and deceit and now must find a way to either reveal the truth or find another option. On the surface, their arrangements seemed flawless, but dig deeper, and the people they thought they knew aren’t as they appear.
Lachlan and Stephanie are forced to confront the consequences of their actions and the entire family is compelled to reveal the truth, find forgiveness, and renew loving one another. But the hardest decision is still to come … where does Ryan live?