Word count…

A day and a half into my latest title, and I’ve written 2478 words.

Is that good or bad? If I manage 2000 words a day, potentially I’ll have finished in a month. That’s my ideal discipline.

I keep smiling to myself as I write. Not because I’m trying to be funny, or on some special medication – I like my characters and the situation I’ve put them in. I’m wondering how they will deal with it as the story unfolds.

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On the subject of names…

I’m already wondering if having a pen-name would help. And how it would fit the category of Romance I am attempting to write?

For example, if I was writing something really racy, maybe I should have just a first initial. If I wanted to have more than one, I’d have to pick one, as I don’t have a middle name. So maybe something like L.Q. Boutain would sound alluring and mysterious.

Or if I was writing in the more lighthearted, flirty end of romance, they’d expect a less exotic last name. ‘Boutain’ is supposedly old Anglo-Saxon for ‘button’ referring to a maker of buttons. So maybe for that kind of story, a publisher would like to see the name Lauren Button on a book cover.

It sounds a little like the actress Lauren Hutton, from the movie ‘American Gigolo’ – she is stunning – and we’re back to the steamier end of the entertainment shelves again! 🙂

american-gigolo-1980-03-gLauren Hutton and Richard Gere in American Gigolo (1980)

Well hello…

Welcome to my page for Romance.

I’m hoping to learn a few things during my writing journey, so at times you may find me wildly self-contradicting or embarrassingly introspective. I want to write Romances that feel genuine and have a ring of truth about them, even if they appear in magical or outrageously glamorous settings. Which means I have a lot to learn.

Mainly I will be stopping by here to dissect my thoughts along the way. Talking to myself in a small, controlled and confined space away from my actual writing, so as not to tar my Art with my Self 🙂