We are delighted to welcome Keelan Ellis to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of her latest novel Misinformation.
Keelan Ellis on the essentials for preparing, outlining and writing a novel
Essential #1: An outline that works for you
I used to be a pantser. Being completely honest, it didn’t even occur to me to make an outline. I had a basic idea and structure, and I thought, “I’ll just start writing and see how it goes.” I thought outlines were only necessary for complicated mysteries or long series. Somehow I managed to finish two entire novels that way, but the idea of trying that now is terrifying. I’m afraid I’d get halfway through and have no idea where it’s going, and I don’t have the extra time to waste. I tried a few outline formats of my own creation, but then I read Libbie Hawker’sTake Off Your Pants, and that has helped me immensely. It’s a great book, even if you adapt it to fit your own style, because it crystallizes a few things that I had only grasped at intuitively before. There are others, if that one doesn’t fit your style.
Essential #2: A sounding board
When I have a million ideas and they’re all bouncing off each other inside of my head, it stresses me out. They need somewhere else to go. Fortunately for me, I have a friend who is a talented writer who has a wonderful ability to ask the questions I need to answer in order to get my ideas in some kind of order. When I have the barest, thinnest wisp of an idea, she helps me expand it. If you have someone like this, you know what a difference that can make.
Essential #3: Clear understanding of your characters
Before I can even start thinking about the plot in any detail, I have to understand who the main characters are, what they want, and why. In fact, that’s the first step in my outline process, well before figuring out what happens.
Essential #4: Coffee, and lots of it.
It doesn’t have to be coffee, of course, but it’s my version of whatever you do to put yourself into the proper frame of mind for writing. Before I can get settled, I brew a pot and pour myself a big cup to take to my writing space. Ritual matters!
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 15th June 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, even though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, his desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter’s first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.
Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.
The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.
Meet Keelan Ellis
Keelan Ellis is an east coast girl for life, a progressive, a lover of music and musicians, a mother of two very challenging girls, a loyal though sometimes thoughtless friend, a slacker, a dreamer and a bad influence. She likes true crime podcasts, great television and expensive craft cocktails made by hipsters in silly vests.
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