Most of you know I’m planning on doing Nanowrimo this year. That’s a tall order for a little noodle  like me, but I can’t help it. I love the invisible structure, the almost-achievable goals and the insanity that is all things Nano.

No, I don’t haunt the forums. And writer buddies? I’ve never had one before, so I don’t know how that works. All I know is the act of sitting in a chair with a laptop, an outline and word goal makes for some mad and crazy writing.

Last year was easy. I wrote a historical romance called “The Guardian.” What a blast tormenting those two poor souls! The year before, I wrote a ya fantasy called “Fairless.” Now that was a different beast. I dove in, sans outline, thinking What could go wrong?

What indeed.

Flash forward two years and I’m still plowing through character deficiencies and plot holes. Forget about pacing and structure. And where did I put that Smidgeon? Isn’t he important? So why did he suddenly vanish on page 43?

This year is another ya with fantasy elements. No way I am gonna wing it. This creature’s getting plotted  BEFORE I sit down to write. But where to start?

I’d heard of the book How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) by Randy Ingermanson and was curious. I downloaded it  onto my Kindle and dug in. What an awesome book! I’m neither a plotter nor a panster, so this ten step method is perfect for me. I loved creating the outline so organically. My favorite step ? Describing your target audience.

Who is going to read this book and why?

Wanna hear mine? Sure you do, you’ve read this far!

“Lisa” is 17, a Junior in high school. She wishes she could write and do something as crazy as Nano, but she knows she can’t. She tries and gets bored. Let others do the work. She’ll enjoy the read. She wants contemporary adventure. Give her a strong female lead and a swoon-worthy boy. Give them huge obstacles and mostly? Give her a twist she doesn’t expect. Outsmart her. Keep her on her toes.

There. That’s the gist of “Lisa”.

When I  sit down early Saturday morning to begin writing this beast I call “Drift”, my outline handy and two chocolate bars unrwapped and ready to go, you can bet your sweet bippidy I’m going to have Lisa in mind every step of the way.

So, who’s your target person? Care to share?

Cheers to all of you-



17 thoughts on “Wonderful Writerly Wednesdays…

  1. Good post!
    I unlike you, i am now struggling with the things I have left to do before the 1st. Thinking of who my reader may be has sent me into a catatonic state.
    I would like to believe that my target is…any women, females who like a good read; mothers of young children, historians and lovers of the 1960’s -1970’s people who have faith in words and want to work out the twist. I am not ageist or sexist so all genders will be catered for; if it kills me (and it probably will).
    Thank you for a good read and a bit of fun.
    Good luck on the Na No stage.


    1. I’ve always thought I would just write the story for whoever wants to read it. That’s fine, but I also have to take care not to try to please everyone. It’s hard, but not everyone is going to like my story. This gives me a way to filter and focus it.
      Thanks for the comment! I wish you all the best!

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      1. My sis lived in Newport coventry for 12 yrs. I visited several times in all weathers, beautiful place. They Just moved in january to Savannah. Thanks for the luck. X


      2. Wonderful! We are in between seasons now. Can’t say Vermont is pretty. Give it a month when the snow covers all this gray, then it’ll be pretty again.
        I’ll be thinking of you when we’re scrambling to get our word count!

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  2. Ok, love Lisa! I’m writing for my “Homeys” all the middle aged, middle sized, midway down the road of crazy women out there who suddenly find themselves “aged out” of their long-time gig as PTO princess and Room Mother and Event Chair par Excelance! You know, us ol bats who annoy everyone else at Starbucks when we laugh like crows and linger way past our turn in the upholstered seats. Yep. I’m pretty much writing for me…and I’m doing it straight from the seat of my pants 🙂


      1. It sounds good. It makes the writer look at the story as a READER. I tend to get wrapped up in plot,pacing, and word choice, have to remind myself to add the element of surprise and the emotional impact.


      2. It’s a great filtering process. The more narrow and defined you make your target reader, the clearer your writing. Theory is: you know the reader and what they expect from your story, that way if a character starts jumping the shark, you’ll catch it!
        It’s a good theory… time to give it a test go.

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