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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.


How has your writing been going this month?

Has the heat and the holiday gotten in your way?

Stop by and let me know how you’ve been doing. I’d love to hear about your latest work in progress.


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Linda Nelson is a writer, blogger, daytime worker and student at Franklin Pierce University. Her studies are taking up a significant portion of her time while she finishes up her bachelor degree in Accounting for the intent of acquiring her Masters of Science in Accounting. She also has a diverse degree by the additional business courses added to her curriculum along with some Social Services classes. Linda is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Monadnock Writers Group. She is the author of Along Came Neil, a Young Adult Sweet-romance which is the last book in her Wings from Ashes trilogy released in 2013. Linda is working on other romances, but their release dates are still undetermined. Linda lives in Southern New Hampshire. You can reach Linda at her website


  • Tanja

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

    • Author Linda Nelson

      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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