I have been having such a ridiculously fun time with my WIP. Yes, I’ve enjoyed writing lots of my books. At least I’ve enjoyed lots of parts of lots of books. It isn’t always a struggle with words. But this time seems different, and I know it isn’t because this book is so much better than anything I’ve written before. I’m sure it isn’t. Maybe as good as what readers would consider my best, but not better than my best.
So what is it? What is making this story so much fun to write? I had an ah-ha moment yesterday in answer to that question. I think I’m having extra special fun with this WIP because I’ve got readers on Facebook joining me in the process. I’m sharing and they’re responding.
The book kicked off with what I think is one of my best opening lines for the first chapter that I’ve ever written. I shared with my Facebook friends that my agent read it and said, “WOW Robin this is a FABULOUS opening line!!!!” Even though they wished I would share it with them, they forgave me for keeping it under wraps until the book releases.
The next thing I shared was the floor plan for the house my hero purchased in Boise, Idaho in the spring of 1900. My Facebook friends really loved seeing the drawing and told me so through comments and likes. They also got a kick out of my update on “information I would never need in my ordinary every day life,” which shared that “Employers and their children and guests addressed the butler by last name alone; fellow servants, retainers, and tradespersons as “Mr. [Surname]” and “The housekeeper was addressed as Mrs., regardless of marriage or otherwise.” (Bet you knew that if you are a fan of Downton Abbey! You are a fan, aren’t you?)
Horses always show up in my books. I can’t help it. I think they are one of God’s most beautiful creations. When my hero gave the heroine a horse and I discovered a photo of “her” mare, of course I wanted to share that with my friends. Isn’t this horse a beauty?
A few days later, while writing about my heroine’s breakfast, I just had to share some of the food combinations considered suitable for breakfast in 1896 America:
- Oranges, oatmeal with sugar & cream, broiled ham, creamed potatoes, popovers, coffee
- Quaker rolled oats with baked apples, sugar & cream, creamed fish, baked potatoes, golden corn cake, coffee
- Bananas, toasted wheat with sugar & cream, scrambled eggs, sautéed potatoes, graham gems, griddle cakes, coffee
- Grapefruit, wheatlet with sugar & cream, beefsteak, lyonnaise potatoes, twin mountain muffins, coffee
Our ancestors may not have had a Starbucks but they still loved their coffee!
But nothing I shared on Facebook about my WIP got the same reaction as when I brought up puppies and kittens. I posted that my heroine needed to take in a stray which will be a pest to the hero and asked if it should be a stray puppy or a stray kitten. The votes were heavily in favorite of a puppy (69%), but so many good things were shared in the comments that I decided both would find their way into this household. Hey, if one is a pest, two can be chaos. And here they are, Tiger (the kitten) and Trouble (the puppy).
If you’re already a friend of my Facebook Page (known as a “Like” in FB language), thanks so much for having fun with me. If you aren’t, I hope you’ll join me and the rest of my vocal friends soon.