Monumental Moment In My Writing Career

UTtC storyboardFor every book I write, I create a storyboard. Around that storyboard, I post inspirational images for the characters, setting, or even a specific scene. I’m convinced I couldn’t write a book without a storyboard, which is what makes last night a monumental moment in my writing career. You see, so long as a book is still in process, the board stays up. I have three of them on my bedroom walls. (The one for book 2 in the Anchor Island series is to the right.)

Make that had.

When you’re a writer and still trying to sell, your books are always in process. You’re always revising or thinking of revising or it’s put away to be revamped in a year. No matter when you get around to it, you’ll need that storyboard. Well, I will. Which is why a board has never come down… until now.

MTB post itsMEANT TO BE will hit shelves in May and as of right now, it’s pretty much done. I get one more pass at it but for all intents and purposes, the book is as done as it will ever be. And that is weird. The picture to the left is what’s left of that storyboard. There are about 40 (or more) post its there. Seems odd to throw them away.

I’ve never had to watch my child leave the nest, but I’m guessing this is how it must feel. Not sure if I’m happy or sad or just nostalgic for the characters. Good thing I get to spend two more books with them (even if in lesser roles.)

From the reader stand point, have you ever gotten to the end of a book and not wanted to leave those characters? (I know many would just dive back in and read the book again, but I’m not a re-reader.) I have felt this many times. Mostly with the families that Nora Roberts created over the years. From Ireland to the Chesapeake Bay to Three Sisters Island. I could have stayed in those worlds forever.

12 thoughts on “Monumental Moment In My Writing Career”

  1. Marnee Bailey says:

    Awh… *sniff sniff*

    But yay!! That is awesome news!! You must be so excited too, though. What a milestone!!

    1. Terri says:

      I’ve been thinking about taking it down for a few weeks, but it felt…wrong. LOL! This week I’m trying to push into thinking about book 3 so this board had to make room!

      I still have the one from my first ever MS. That one needs a lot of work and I don’t know when I’ll do it, but I can’t bring myself to take it down. It even transitioned from my old apartment!

  2. Jean Willett says:

    Ah, wonderful news! Make a special box and keep the notes for every book…you never know when you’ll need a bible.
    Good luck and keep writing.

    1. Terri says:

      Thanks, Jean! That’s an excellent idea. I need to organize (badly!) so I think I’ll stop at Micheal’s and get a really cool box to keep these things in.

  3. Irisheyes says:

    I am a re-reader, but I almost never want to say goodbye to characters I’ve come to love. I’m sure I’m not the only one cause the multiple book series is booming now. I was just thinking this morning about the H/H from the latest Sarah Mayberry book I read and feeling kind of sad that I won’t be seeing them again. I won’t get to catch up with them and view their HEA. I’m so used to doing that now cause 80% of the books I read are part of a series. I can’t imagine having to say goodbye to characters I’ve created!

    The packrat in me would put those post-its in a file in a box somewhere. LOL I know you’ve spent the past couple of years trying to get rid of all your file, boxes, crap, etc. The really cool thing is that you’ve got them in a real words on paper book… with a cover… and your name on it… that’s going to be on the shelves in bookstores soon… to hold on to forever!!!!

    Congrats, Ter!!! Time to fill up that board with another story 🙂

    1. Terri says:

      That’s the plan, Irish. It will definitely be even harder when book 3 is done and I move on to brand new characters. (Though the next idea has a very interesting heroine, so that will be fun too.)

      Single titles that stand alone are a bit rare these days. But just as good. 🙂

  4. Robena Grant says:

    Wonderful, Terri. Can’t wait until May to read your book.

    I had the same feeling as I deleted different passes with copyedits. One part of me was holding back but then I got the final formatted PDF and started deleting. It still felt weird though. : )

    1. Terri says:

      Oh, I haven’t even considered that, Roben. I shiver at the very thought! There’s an entire folder in the computer for each book. I don’t think I’ll ever delete those.

      Well, I shouldn’t think never, but not for a really long time.

      Congrats on your duel release today! Gals, Robena has not one but TWO books for sale for Kindle today. Go look her up and check out some fresh Romantic Suspense.

  5. Janga says:

    Throw them away? You are far more disciplined than I if you can bear to do that. But how great that you are so close to having the actual book in hand! I can’t wait to see the final product.

  6. Judith says:

    I’m with Janga,throw them away? Keep them. Congratulations!!! So proud of all you’ve accomplished!!!

    1. Terri says:

      Thanks, Judith. I have to admit, I’ve surprised myself. Ten years ago, this wasn’t even a consideration.

  7. Terri says:

    Me neither, Janga. And I haven’t actually thrown everything away yet. Just taken the stuff off the wall. I’m curious what I’ll do when real books arrive with my name on the cover. I still can’t even wrap my head around it.

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