I have a special treat for you today — a guest post from romance author Laura Hunsaker! I know Laura from Twitter, where she has the delightful moniker of Highland Hussy and is great fun to chat with, which is how I learned that she has a recent new release. And because we can all do with a) books to help fill our time in these days of various lockdowns, and b) a happy ending (!), I invited her to come tell you a bit about both it and herself.
So grab a cuppa, put up your feet, and meet the lovely Laura!
I’m so happy to be here! When Linda offered me the chance to post here today I was thrilled! And then when she mentioned her theme was chaotic creativity, I froze. I don’t tend to think of myself as creative anywhere outside of writing. My art skills are okay, my crochet skills are lopsided, my design skills are meh…where else am I creative, if not my words?
And then it hit me. My planner!
I color code it, I use stickers, I plan out cute layouts, I love looking up ways to make my writing planner look fun and cute so it pushes me to write more. I get to fill in a star for every 25 words I write so I can keep up that incentive on days the words are a struggle. I use stickers when I hit a goal, and while it may not work for everyone, it helps me.
But cute stickers or not, somehow no matter my outlines or plans for what I write, when it comes to my writing planner…I tend to be more of a pantser. You know, fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer. The opposite is a plotter…which with all my planner addictions, you’d think I’d be one. And yet…fly by the seat of my pants! Oh I have a rough outline and a general idea of what will happen, but my characters really do all the work.
You can see I like my planners lol But how can someone so organized not plot the book down to the word? I’ll tell you how-the characters take on a life of their own, so no matter what I plan, something always changes.
In the first book in the Fatal Instincts series (Dark Past), I originally wrote Jenny, my latest heroine as a side character. When I wrote her story Dreams of the Past, I wanted her to have a darker and harder story…but Jenny took over and she reminded me that I kind of put her through some tough times in Dark Past, and she needed a lighter book.
So no matter how many notes, or outlines, or stickers I used, Jenny just wasn’t having it. So now I present to you, Dreams of the Past, a light and happy short story that will leave you smiling. And I’m really happy with it, even though it’s completely different than what I planned. I mean you know what they say about the best laid plans and all…they often go awry.