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Over 5K yesterday on Standoff and I’m so thrilled! Last night as I was writing a scene that really only came to me a few days ago, I hit that sweet spot where the words just fell from my fingertips. I’m pleased with what came out and I feel like I *truly* know Grace now where I only got glimpses of her before. I love that! This book has been a lot like Chased was as I wrote it. I feel like I started off with an idea of who Liv was but she really revealed herself to me midpoint and it was a revelation to us both.

Books ebb and flow. Sometimes they’re fast and relatively painless to write. Other times you have periods when you’re sure the book sucks swampwater. I feel with this book I’ve had a clear overview but the writing has been a series of small discoveries as I put it all together.

Each time I write something I learn more about myself, my process and really, about writing in general. There are times when you feel like it’s just not coming together but you keep working and working and suddenly, things move and clear up and wow, it’s not the way you’d originally imagined it at that level of detail but it’s just exactly what it should be.

Because this book is the last in a four book story arc, I’ve had to be careful and weave all the loose threads into the whole. This is an interesting challenge. First because I hadn’t imagined it would *be* a four book story arc when I wrote Enforcer. It just worked out that way when I wrote Tri Mates and suddenly I thought, hmm, this is a big story, wouldn’t it be fun if I actually, oh say, planned out the series in advance?

Anyway, I outlined Wolf Unbound and Standoff at the same time, closing the loop and ending the story and the series. We’ll see if I want to do this again when I finish Standoff, LOL, but right now I’m thinking I would in a heartbeat.

Speaking of Wolf Unbound – I got my cover a la Dawn Seewer yesterday

WHEE! I love it. I’ve not worked with Dawn before but once I opened that jpg I was a fan for life.

6 comments to “Magic”

  1. Jordan
    November 8th, 2007 at 10:55 am · Link

    Nice cover, Lauren. 🙂

  2. Christine
    November 8th, 2007 at 11:37 am · Link

    Really nice cover

  3. Laura Elliott
    November 8th, 2007 at 12:00 pm · Link

    I’m in a slump where my writing sucks swampwater. But I keep plugging on because Sven says to.

    5K in one day? You rock!

    Great cover, btw.

  4. Shelli Stevens
    November 8th, 2007 at 12:10 pm · Link

    Oh I love the cover, Lauren! It’s gorgeous and sexy! I haven’t got mine yet and am so excited for it!

  5. laurendane
    November 8th, 2007 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Jordan and Christine – Thanks!

    Laura – aw dude, I’ve been there – but Sven is a hugely helpful task master so I’m thrilled.

    Shelli – thanks and I’ve been thrilled with Samhain covers so far.

  6. Lori
    November 8th, 2007 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Wow – beautiful cover!

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