Deep in the Weeds with Project #2
My virgin journey into ghostwriting sexy romance novels started out a little bumpy and ended with a bang. I had precious little time to recover, to bask in the warmth of my good reviews, or wallow in self-pity at the bad ones, because Deborah (my boss) started sending me chapter outlines on our next project while the last one was still in the Top 10 on Amazon.
Ménage à Trois is not my thing...
Getting hired as a ghostwriter based on samples of previous work is one thing, actually writing a novel-length romance from outline (on a short deadline) is in a whole ‘nuther ballpark. For my own fiction work, I rarely do tight outlines. I might make a few notes if I get inspiration for some down-the-line plot turn – just so I don’t forget it later – but generally I prefer to let the story unfold and the characters gradually reveal themselves.
That is not how this game works.
My long strange trip to ghostwriting
You know that ‘resume check’ question that always comes up whenever you meet someone new? You might be at a cocktail party, your kid’s birthday party, or exchanging casual conversation with your Uber driver. No matter where you are or who you’re talking to, if the conversation lasts more than three minutes, the question is going to rear its ugly head.