I decided to take a break today on the revisions of my time travel romance, Erin’s Rebel, to do some work on my Civil War historical romance, Katie Rose.
I’d worked out a detailed plot and wanted to make some changes after taking a plotting workshop a while back. I think my “Women In the Ranks” blogs kept Katie on my mind. You see, Katie is an Irish immigrant who disguises herself as a man and follows her husband into the Rebel army after Yankees invade and loot their Virginia farm and shoot her father-in-law to death. When her husband is killed in battle, she stays in the army because she has nowhere else to go and her brother-in-law, who serves with her, protects her identity.
The plot for this story has really expanded and I’m trying to work in a subplot. I want to get all this done before I start the first draft.
I wasn’t always a plotter. My first book, Under the Guns, was loosely plotted. I worked on that book in a workshop where I had one instructor helping me work through the plot and opening chapters, while another helped with the revisions once the book was finished.
With Erin’s Rebel, I didn’t really have a plot worked out. I just had a vague idea of where I wanted to go. And boy, did I go wrong! I had to finally work out a detailed plot and then scrap most of the chapters I’d already written.
Well, I learned my lesson. I’ve become a plotter. I’m hoping it will save me a lot of work on this second romance book.
But, I won’t know ’til it’s finished.
How do all of you work out your stories?