What Affects Me While Writing a Book by Xenia Melzer

October 27, 2017

 

What Affects Me

 

As I mentioned before, getting the idea for a book usually happens automatically when the plot bunny targets you. You have the idea, you write down some key points, if you’re really lucky and/or disciplined, you even have a plot outline and most of the characters covered. All you have to do now is start with the actual writing.

In the beginning, I’m usually excited and so full of determination, I’m convinced I can write the whole thing in less than a week.

Two weeks later, and not that far into chapter three, I wonder if the idea is really that good, if I shouldn’t rewrite everything, or drop the entire project. While I try to get my motivation back and my groove on, one of the children gets sick. Nothing bad, usually just a cold, but it ALWAYS happens when I need my flow and not somebody with a runny nose clinging to me, demanding to play memory and to read stories. The stories my younger daughter loves don’t have that many words in them yet and usually rhyme. Wonderful if you want to write a kinky scene with leather and whips in it and just can’t get “The Sports Day of the Imps” out of your head. Including the drawings.

After the child is better again, I go back to writing. The imps have vacated my brain, leaving more space for gorgeous men getting their dose of 18+ rated fun. I’m about one third into the book, satisfied with how much progress I’m making, and ready to get some more action (sexual and otherwise) in, when the cat decides to show me her prowess at hunting and brings in a living mouse. Which she then sets free, because otherwise it would be boring. For reasons I don’t understand, my husband doesn’t fancy mice running around the house and, of course, he’s not here to take care of the problem himself. It’s the cat and me and she’s now on her favorite spot on the couch, watching me with that satisfied look she always wears when she thinks she’s done me a favor. I get a dish towel, put on the light in the kitchen (unlike cockroaches, mice run toward the light), shoo the mouse into a corner (they tend to stay to the walls, so that’s fairly easy, you just have to prevent them from climbing), drop the towel on it, very carefully lift the towel to see where the tail is, grab it by the tail, and bring it back into the garden. Now that I have had my nightly exercise, I can go back to writing. Strangely enough, I suddenly decide a cat is just what the plot has been missing. So I spend the rest of the evening debating whether a feline would add that certain appeal or not. Then it’s time for bed and I’m still only one third into the novel.

A few days later, the cat conundrum is solved (I’m not saying if pro or con), when they play this song on the radio I haven’t heard in ages. After calculating how long ago it has been released, realizing how old I am when really, graduation was just last year, and feeling sorry for myself for a moment (Until I reach my stash of chocolate – one of the perks of getting older? You don’t give a damn what time of day it is to get your sweets!), I have another idea for the plot that forces me to rewrite a large part.

I could keep this list going forever, because everything that happens around me influences my writing. Sometimes this is good, because I get fresh ideas and my plots become more interesting. Sometimes, it’s bad. I get distracted, lose my red thread, or have to rewrite entire parts. I never know beforehand, which makes writing each book a unique and exciting process I wouldn’t want to miss for the world. Except when it’s painful. Or when I’m stuck. Or…

 

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Blurb:

Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright…. Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her? It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways.

 

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Author Bio:

Xenia Melzer is a mother of two who enjoys riding and running when she’s not writing stories. She doesn’t like beer but is easily tempted by a virgin Mojito. Or chocolate. Truffles are especially cherished, even though she doesn’t discriminate. A true chocoholic, she welcomes any kind of cocoa-based delight.

You can contact her through her website: http//www.xeniamelzer.com
Or befriend and follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xeniamelzer/

 

 

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