Friday, March 18, 2011

Seeing the forest AND the trees

I'm SO incredibly grateful for (and love!) the rewrite stage of a writing a novel. When people ask me what my next book is about (and I haven't started writing it yet), I often hear myself talking in circles. Because I honestly only have a glimmer of what the book is going to be about at the stage.

Oh I know the characters. Somewhat. And I know the plot. A little. And I know the location. Fairly well, actually, since I'll have been reading up on that for a while by then. But the actual theme of the novel? And the specific journey the characters will take (their character arc)? That's not nearly so clear.

As I write…all of this comes.

But it's during the rewrite phase when I'm blessed with the insightful perspective and counsel of my editors and my agent, that everything finally comes together. Where things I've written about––but might not have even seen at the time [insert pounding of head here]––start rising to the surface. Start making more sense. Become far more real.

I truly have come to love the characters in A Lasting Impression––Sutton, Claire and Adelicia, and others––and hope you will to.

With a partially frozen Diet Dr. Pepper at hand and my office windows open to allow in the spring breeze, I'm back to it…


  1. Hi Tamera, I love reading about your writing journeys, they are a joy to read, and encourage me to continue on my journey of writing. I am looking forward to reading your new book. Sincerely, Kymberli

  2. It's so interesting to read about your process! I know A Lasting Impression is going to be great! I'm loving this fabulous weather, too. Hope you have a great day : )

  3. Thanks for sharing this peek into your writing process, Tammy. I LOVE reading how my favorite authors create their wonderful stories, and I (along with a zillion other folks!) cannot wait to read this newest one you're writing!
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  4. Thanks, friends. My head is spinning with rewrites, and I'm exhausted and headed to bed. But got a lot done today. One step closer…


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