That Special Feeling

When you’re a writer, you always want to write well. Each time I start a new project (I’m a planner, don’t judge me), the first step is to think about why I want to write this particular work. One thing that sets my novels apart is the nature of the topics I choose. For some reason I always have a new controversial idea I want to express. The readers have noticed, and that makes me happy. But I don’t just want to write books that deal with controversial issues. I want to write amazing books that make people think, feel, and question their preconceived ideas. “Writing to Transverse the Bubble” is my author tag line. I write every book with this goal in mind, and sometimes I get the feeling I’ve done it, but the book still isn’t where I want it to be on a scale of one to amazing. Four-star reviews make me happy, but I’m not satisfied. I want to earn five-star reviews.

That Special Feeling

Lately I’ve had that special feeling, the one you get when you know you’ve made something unique and wonderful. Maybe it’s a quilt or a painting. Maybe you’ve helped someone do something they couldn’t do before. You know the feeling I’m talking about, right? It’s a rush of adrenaline coupled with satisfaction and calm at the same time. Though you’re sitting or standing still, your skin dithers and the back of your eyelids feel electric. You know that this is the beginning of something special. Something amazing.

Kerfuffle, my new novel, comes out on June 1st. The feedback I’ve received so far has been thrilling. I don’t know how else to describe it. You see, Kerfuffle is the book I wanted to write from the beginning. I love Newfangled and Flummoxed. They each hold a special place in my heart, and their plots and themes are important. But Kerfuffle is the book I’ve been waiting to write. I feel like that shows. I almost wrote Kerfuffle right after Newfangled but my husband convinced me that Flummoxed needed to happen. He said it would be too disjointed if I introduced Olive to junior high and jumped straight into high school for the next book. She needed some time for things to seem normal before another big transition. He was right. I am very happy with how Flummoxed turned out. But Kerfuffle… there’s just something about the story.

Some people will probably be annoyed by it (and I can’t say why without spoilers), but I really don’t care. I love it. A piece of my heart is in this book, and I hope you will give it a chance.

When was the last time you had that special feeling?

Happy reading,

Kristin

NaNoWriMo Prep 2016

It’s that time of year again. Last year was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, and in honor of full disclosure, I have to admit that I did not do any prep. I was 1/4 of my way through “Newfangled,” and the detailed outline (a bit too detailed for me) was already complete. For Camp NaNoWriMo, I wrote “Flummoxed,” the second book in the Desires & Decisions series, which means that this November I will be writing the third book, Kerfuffle. The third book in this series is the entire reason I started this series in the first place. After I figured out what made Olive who she is, I wanted to know more about another character, Adam. Though this new book will be told from Olive’s perspective as the other books are, the main focus will be on Olive helping her and her brother’s best friend, Adam, through one of the most difficult things that teens can face today in the church. That’s all I’m going to say, so don’t try to get me to leak any other information.

This is what my NaNoWriMo Prep Check List looks like:

nanowrimo-prep-checklist_1

Today, I started to work on the second item, the outline. I have all of the major themes sorted, but I need to put them in order and make sure that there are no plot holes and that there is enough opportunity to explain the characters feelings and responses. That is one of my week points as a writer, which I am learning as my workshop group points out countless moments of “Why does she do that?” or “Why does she feel like that?” in Plunge Into Darkness.

Here is a preview of what I got done today for prep.

nanowrimo-prep-kerfuffle

Did you get excited for a second? Like I would actually post the outline on my blog.

*insert evil laugh*

If you want to know what happens in Kerfuffle, you’ll have to read it when it comes out in late 2017 (yes I am attempting to push the release date up, since I’m ahead on my writing schedule).

If anyone is interested in being my buddy, my NaNo name is “knspence.”

Happy reading and writing. And happy NaNoWriMo 2016 to all the participants!

-Kristin