If you have read my blogs before you know I feel that I have a team of helpers around me that give me the ideas and subject matter for my books. I know this to be true as I have no doubt that I had help with both my first novel, Tears of Betrayal, and also with my second, Somewhere in my Dreams. There were too many instances where the words just appeared out of nowhere. There are also times when I am writing and a word will come to me; in most cases I have no idea what the word means much less how to spell it. When that happens I find myself on a quest to find out the spelling and meaning of the word. It has happened so many times now that I no longer question whether or not to use it.
The first time I knew I had help was when I was working on Tears of Betrayal. Back then I did all my writing in long hand, via sharp pencils, clean white paper, and a red clipboard. So there I was sitting on the couch writing when all of the sudden I wrote something that I had never thought of before. It was a place in the manuscript where there was a major revelation and I found out that two other characters also knew about this. In theory, if you think about it, that means the two characters knew about this bit of information before I did. The thing was it made perfect sense that they knew what was going on but that was not the point. The point was I did not know. I was so freaked out at the time that I put my clipboard down and just walked away for a few moments to collect myself. I tried to explain what had happened to my husband but I do not think he totally grasped the point I was trying to get across. This was true at the time, but he has since come to tell me that he gets it now. He actually “got it” while he was reading the book as he told me “you don’t talk like that.” He said I must have had help as a lot of what he read sounded like someone else was writing it.
Having a team of writers to work with is wonderful. Having a team of writers that I don’t have to pay is even better. They are still with me so it seems as though seeing their words in print is the payment they are after. That is a good thing but then this week we had a bit of an issue, as it seems like my team of helpers do not understand copyright laws. All week I have been working on a new romantic comedy which deals with a clown and an Elvis impersonator who is afraid of clowns. Okay, yes, I realize it sounds crazy, but the story is really coming to life and, in my opinion, it is really cute. This week they wanted me to have Elvis sing and while I can use the title I am not allowed to use the lyrics without paying for the privilege. Yea, so explain that to whoever is helping me write.
I am currently working on five separate manuscripts; however I do not choose which one I work on. They do. Okay I know I probably sound crazy and I sometimes think that myself, but I am very serious. I will think I am going to work on a certain manuscript and yet another one will literally take over and demand to be next. I once tried to fight it but it didn’t work, as they will not stop feeding me the information until I write it down. After realizing I am not the only one writing, I decided to give in to the eccentricity and let the voices show me the way. After all, they have not let me down yet…