Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Remember Jack Nicholson, the grumpy eccentric writer in "As Good As It Gets?" Well, add auburn hair (dyed, of course, to cover the grey), bi-focals and  another fifty pounds (ok...ok, maybe a tad more) and you've got yours truly. I didn't mean to become obsessed with my writing--distant, isolated, totally focused and consumed--but I have.

For the past month, I haven't gotten dressed once before noon. This retired lady and her creaky knees crawl out of bed at eight, feed the cat and powers up the laptop, eager to return to Paris and the battle of wits between a French counter-terrorism agent and his nemesis, a vengeful terrorist known as "Death Shadow." Of course there is the American woman who needs protection from the terrorist after unwittingly exposing his bombing scheme. But who's going to protect the young government agent from her? 

Now, it's the "her" I'm having trouble with. She's evolving. I didn't realize until my Critic Partner pointed it out that I'd written Alyson as being dumb. What? I reread the first chapter with a more critical eye. Sure enough, she was clueless to the danger she was in and, yes, dumb.Who wants a dumb heroine? I mean that's so NOT reality. Name me one dumb woman. End of discussion.

Alyson is forty. Niko is thirty. Do you see a problem? Me, neither, but Alyson does. For now.

And for now, I am swept away by this story. That worries me. How can I write this storyline so it's equally as enjoyable for the reader to read as it's been for me to write? This is a never-ending concern.

Meanwhile, I am the curmudgeon writer who looks on Twitter, Facebook, e-mails, laundry, dirty bathrooms and cat liter as annoying "must-do's" that pull me away from what I love. And I do love writing a good story.


Susan Macatee said...

Good luck, Vonnie! When I'm in the zone on a story, I feel like I'm always trying to get all those annoying household chores done, so I can get to my computer. But then I have to check email, deal with blogs, mine or one of my group blogs if I have a post scheduled, and promo. It does get frustrating when all I want to do is write.

lizarnoldbooks said...

We could be twins, Vonnie. Cat litter and all. Woudl much rather write than scoop. Happy writing.
Liz Arnold
Message to Love
The Wild Rose Press

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Vonnie,

I so agree with you. Not enough hours in the day to do all the writing I want to, and interuptions like housework are the pits.