Saturday, October 11, 2014

Eve Devon Talks About Her Writing Process and Her New Release

To celebrate The Love List releasing I thought I’d share a list of my writing process.

1.      I always start out with a scene which pops into my head and just refuses to let go so that I end up mulling over “what if” scenarios as the characters start telling me things about themselves. I tend to write a loose outline because I like to leave myself a little wiggle-room for the plot to breathe and take unexpected turns. The first scene to pop into my head for The Love List ended up being the very beginning of the story. I kept seeing this usually completely-in-control business-woman panicking as she waved her hand about with one of her favourite shoes accidentally superglued to it right before the biggest presentation of her life!

2.      I’m definitely learning I’m part plotter—part pantser when it comes to preparing to write a book. Some books I end up needing to plan to the nth degree and some seem to simply unfold. I really wanted readers picking up The Love List to be able to read it as a standalone or as part of the series that starts with Her Best Laid Plans, so as well as my usual plotting I also made sure I created full character bios for anyone introduced in the first book to help me keep them behaving truthfully in the next books. 

3.      After I’ve done a loose outline, next comes the choosing of the notebook! Finding the right one is a ritual that requires considerable thought and… a lovely shopping trip. The notebook must be both beautiful and practical and contain four sections for: Characterisation, Research, Plotting Journal and Edits. I take this notebook everywhere with me when I’m writing the book and by the time I press “send” on the manuscript, it has about three different colours of ink in it, neat writing, illegible writing and postit notes stuck in it and to it which never seem to mean a thing to me when I get around to reading them! 

4.      I use my plotting journal section to write the number of words I’ve written that day, a VERY loose plan for what I want to write the next day and any light-bulb moments that come to me that feed into the main characters’ motivation. Yes – I really do use an actual “lightbulb” symbol!!!

5.      The plotting CHART aka huge bulletin board (!) makes an appearance when I’m about a third of the way through the first draft and need to have a bit of a think to make sure all the different threads that are starting to come together get tied up and I don’t leave any loose ends. The act of stringing a quite unnecessary but beautiful amount of ribbon on it pinpointing major plot turns along with the tremendous number of photos of my characters, locations I’ve used, and lots of index cards with plot points written in my illegible writing, usually helps unravel any knots I’m worried about. I actually have two bulletin boards and I use both sides so that I don’t have to remove the chart until the book is released.  

At the end of it all—somehow—through much pondering, problem-solving, writing, charting, spreadsheeting, procrastinating, angsting and yet more writing, my book is born, written, edited and released!

Blurb: The Love List
Falling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…
Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life! With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.
Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.
As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?
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          Nora’s eyes thundered. ‘This is why you really helped me yesterday. So you could gain leverage. You scratched my back so I should scratch yours?’
          Ethan hardly ever responded to anger but he was damned if he was going to sit here and let her get away with casting him as some sort of villain. ‘Is that really why you think I helped you?’ he asked slowly.  
          He watched the way she had her hands on the table, curled around her glass like a lifeline, and his own hand, as if drawn by magnet, moved to within touching distance of hers.
          ‘You sure you’re determined to ignore what’s also going on here?’ he asked, making his voice quiet. Intimate.
          Her eyes flicked to his and then flicked sharply away again. ‘I don’t know what you mean.’            ‘Oh, you definitely do, but let’s see what happens if I decide to call your bluff.’

Bio: Eve Devon
My name’s Eve Devon and I write sexy heroes, sassy heroines and happy ever afters…
I kind of secretly believe it’s not too late for me to train as a professional dancer, MMA expert, or get asked to be Angelina Jolie’s body-double. I know. This is why writing fiction is for me!
Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me quite the taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals.
When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucketload, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!
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1 comment:

Cher Green said...

What a great post! Eve - thanks for sharing your process. It sounds like a doable method for myself. As I'm working with my first full length novel, I find myself a little overwhelmed. In a way, my process falls close to what you describe, just a little out of order, which 'you guess right' has produced somewhat of a mess. :) The notebook ritual sounds like a wonderful addition. My papers and notes are 'well' everywhere. Thanks again for sharing.