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I often get asked about my writing process, so I thought I'd share a little bit about it this morning. I have a group of talented writer friends who meet once or twice a year at various spots around the country for plot group. We spend anywhere from 3-5 days brainstorming plots for our books. We work very hard at this and by the end of our meetings, we usually have 3-5 new stories ready to write--and my brain is TIRED. This week we've been in beautiful Sonoma, California.

Members of my group are Nicole Burnham, Susan Sizemore, Christina Dodd and me. We all write different types of stories and this particular combination has a wonderful creative synergy. Nicole is currently writing big contemporary royalty romances. Susan writes fantasy and paranormal. Christina is writing suspense and I'm doing small town feel good books. These women are brilliant, and I am so blessed to have their help in shaping Eternity Springs.

This week they helped me figure out the plot for the book I'll start in November, as soon as I finish DREAMWEAVER TRAIL. I am also leaving California with a new Christmas novella to write and something just for fun that I may never write, but thinking about it feeds my creative soul.

So, this is how my books begin. Any questions?





2 comments (Add your own)

1. Anita Murtha wrote:
How wonderful to have such a creative support group! I met you at Mansfield Writes! a couple of years ago. I have been enjoying Eternity Springs and am sharing your books with my friends. You are an inspiration. A Plot that's how you are able to write so many wonderful books every year. Can you tell us more about when and how you all got together? Since you're discussing plots, does that mean you discuss character too?

Thu, October 3, 2013 @ 9:21 PM

2. Emily wrote:
Hi Anita,

The Mansfield Writes event was very nice!

Thank you for supporting Eternity Springs!

Plot group...We're a group of writer friends who basically sit around and help each other brainstorm plots for our books. We seldom discuss characters, because we are all 'old pros' who know what characters we want to write, so we don't need help with that. Plotting is a different animal because our minds take us in different directions. Sometimes one of our partners will suggest something that never would have occurred to me...and that's the joy of plot group.

Wed, October 9, 2013 @ 10:54 AM

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