Another First Draft Done #ROW80

After struggling for seven months on my first teen romance I am happy to announce the first draft of Along Came Neil is DONE! And it is about time.

Writing this book is a big learning curve for me. I don’t normally read romances to begin with. I am the action adventure type of person who reads almost any kind of fantasy book that is plot oriented. Happy endings were never a prerequisite for my reading taste. I just hunger for a good plot.

By writing Along Came Neil I not only had to come up with a plot but I needed to develop my characters. This is something I have noticed in most of the really good Romances I have read this past year.

So now that I have the plot down with the first draft and a basic sketch of the characters when I go back through the story for the first edit I will be concentrating on description and character building. The biggest question I will be asking while I edit is why are my characters acting the way they do?

Hopefully this story will come out to be better than my others. I know I still have a lot to learn about the craft of writing, but I also do know one doesn’t learn it all over night. The best writers have had years and years of practice.


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About Linda Nelson

Full-time worker by day and a college student/writer by night. Linda is studying Business Management and Social Services while she works on her Bachelor Degree at Franklin Pierce University. Blogging when she can to keep the writing muse growing. In 2010, Linda broke out into writing with her first Contemporary Young Adult novella, Friends of Choice which she later retitled and re-edited in 2013 to, What Karla Wants. Since then she has published two more Contemporary Young Adult novels, one of which is a Sweet Romance, and published two slipstream fantasy novels. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America since 2012. Watch for her coming new releases.

2 thoughts on “Another First Draft Done #ROW80

  1. Tanja

    Congrats on finishing your draft! It feels great doesn’t it? Now, the big question is… how are you going to celebrate it? 😀


    1. Author Linda Nelson Post author

      I will probably celebrate by giving myself some game time with World of Warcraft. I have to hone my gaming skills while prepping for my next wip. I have had a few fans asking, “When is the next Orgarlan Saga book coming out?”
      Inbetween the edits I will be gaming. Hopefully I don’t get to addicted to the game and forget to write (lol) – Not allowed.
      Ice cream is also a good possiblility now that the heat is returning to NH.


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