Some more comments of my Weekend Novelist experience. I’m finding it very helpful as I go along to think about the specific type of story I’m writing, and make sure that I am including the important things necessary to that type of story in my plan. Ray’s program is very generic and will work with any type of story. However, I need to make sure that I have the right types of conflict outlined, that are romance-specific. Otherwise, things could get over shadowed by other things that should be less important to the story.
I’m re-reading Leigh Michael’s On Writing Romance, finding chapter 5 (conflict) particularly helpful at this time. I’m hoping that over the week I get a rough draft of my opening scene done. Over the next couple months it would be nice to get a few weeks ahead of my schedule so I have some leeway.