How Do I Love to Write? Let Me Count The Ways…

My first novel took over a year to write. When my favorite authors were putting out a couple books per year, I knew I needed to keep up if I wanted to make it in the book industry.

Being a strategy consultant for my day job, much of my work is helping companies be more efficient or effective. When it came to writing, I simply wasn’t “walking the walk,” and so it was time to take a look at my writing process. It was then I realized I’d had no process! On my first book, I started on Chapter One, and wrote—and rewrote and rewrote—each chapter by painful chapter. It was chaotic and tedious.

After thinking things through, I made some serious changes. I spent about a month plotting out my second novel using storyboards (i.e. high-level scene-by-scene descriptions) and character bios. Even though characters never behave and like to take over and change scenes from my plans, I wrote the second novel in less than six months, with much fewer rewrites. Tweaking the process with each novel, I can get a novel to my editor in under four months: one month planning the story, one month rough drafting, and one-two months rewriting and polishing.

Putting some rigor into my writing process has allowed me to write over twice as fast, and I find writing more enjoyable (less “spinning my wheels”). I wrote Collision, a full-length novel coming out tomorrow(!), in four months. Being the first book in a trilogy, the first month of planning the series and characters was crucial and well worth every minute. Now, as I work on the next two books in the Colliding Worlds trilogy, I’m confident about the plot and excited to write!

For the writers out there, what’s your process? Has it evolved as your writing experience grows? Let’s swap best practices!

Enjoy writing!

Berinn Rae

www.BerinnRae.com

Collision (book 1 in the Colliding Worlds trilogy)

July 30, 2012

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COLLISION, Book 1 in the Colliding Worlds Trilogy by Berinn Rae

Sienna Wolfe knows it’s going to be an interesting day when a man with golden skin and strange tattoos crashes in her backyard… and ends up tied to her bedposts. She likes her life just the way it is – simple, easy, relaxed. But when the gorgeous new alien in her life asks for her help in an inter-galactic war on a scollision course with earth, she can’t say no… but she’ll soon wish she had.

The U.S. military has figured out they have uninvited company, and they’re not happy. Sienna knows it won’t be easy protecting earth from an alien invasion, but she refuses to back down. Now it’s up to Sienna to pull off the impossible: save the world and – hopefully – live a little happily ever after.

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Meet the Ladies in Red: Berinn Rae

Welcome paranormal romance author Berinn Rae to today’s Ladies in Red blog.

Thanks for having me! I write romantic SciFi/Fantasy under the name Berinn Rae. I chose to use a pen name to help separate my writing life from my aviation life, since the two are quite different. Berinn (pronounced “Baron”) is an old Germanic word that is pronounced exactly like a type of airplane I own, and Rae is simply my middle name.

 

Let’s get the details out of the way:

My furry co-pilot.

I’m married to a wonderfully supportive man, and we have an incredibly spoiled sixty-pound lap dog named Annabelle. We live in the Midwest (Iowa) where we fly old airplanes, mostly World War II warbirds, and of course, cater to our attention-craving fur ball. 

Why do you write romance novels?

I’m a sucker for the HEA (Happily Ever After). Life’s tough enough the way it is. I like to read to escape, and I write what I enjoy reading. As a kid, I was an avid comic book reader. That obsession moved into SciFi/Fantasy novels, then eventually into paranormal romance and urban fantasy. When I’m not writing, I read every chance I get.

Reading after an afternoon flight

The best part about my writing life is:

The freedom. As an incurable daydreamer, writing became my creative outlet. As new ideas simmer and pour onto the page, my stress steams away. Now, I couldn’t imagine not writing.

The worst part about my writing life is:

The time, well, the lack of time sucks. Like most writers, I need a day job to pay the bills. It can become an exhausting challenge balancing the day job, family, friends, and hobbies. But it’s worth it.

Give us a hint about your next book.

I’m so excited to have the first novel in a new alien romance trilogy published by Crimson Romance! Collision comes out July 30. Edits are finished, and I’m anxiously awaiting my first glimpse at the cover art.

The Colliding Worlds trilogy starts with two alien races coming to current day earth: one for domination, the other for freedom. Each book in the trilogy stars an extraordinary woman caught up in a galactic war… oh, and of course each woman gets her guy!

Here’s the blurb for Collision:

Sienna Wolfe knows it’s going to be an interesting day when a man with golden skin and strange tattoos crashes in her backyard… and ends up tied to her bedposts. She likes her life just the way it is – simple, easy, relaxed. But when the gorgeous new alien in her life asks for her help in an inter-galactic war on a collision course with earth, she can’t say no… but she’ll soon wish she had.

Sienna struggles with her new, unpredictable world, which includes trying to protect earth from alien domination and dodging attempts on her life. And to make matters worse, her greatest enemy – with annoyingly good looks – offers her a double-edged proposal to end the war. All she has to do is give up her freedom and turn her back on the love of her life. Now it’s up to Sienna to pull off the impossible: save the world and – hopefully – live a little happily ever after.

Heat Level: Sensual

 

For a special sneak peek of Collision before its July 30 release, read the first chapter on my website. Enjoy!

 

~ Berinn

www.BerinnRae.com   –   women with kickassitude

Berinn’s books are available everywhere eBooks are sold. Visit her website or Amazon for a current booklist and to buy titles.