I’m hosting a guest post today by Lyla Bardan, author of NA romance “A Sprint to his Heart”. I’ll leave the talking to Lyla now. Thanks for visiting.
Behind the Scenes – My Writing Process
My writing process is a bit unusual, I believe, compared to many fiction writers I know. I am a very linear thinker, which may stem from my original interests and training as a scientist. Start at Point A with an idea or hypothesis and then research and solve until you reach Point B.
I write the same way. Start at the beginning and continue writing until the story is done. Any necessary research is done as the story progresses, I don’t have character boards (preferring to learn about the characters’ quirks when the reader does), and I don’t jump ahead in the story if I get stuck.
My ideas for stories typically originate from my dreams. I have rather vivid dreams, although thankfully not frightening ones (I wake myself up if events get out of hand). I rarely take detailed notes about my dreams and rely on the impressions instead. Only once did I write down the complete plot of a story as revealed to me in a series of dreams. When I read back my typed-up notes, I thought, “Well, now I know what happens. No need to write the story!”
Hence, as you may have gathered, I am a pantser, not a plotter. This can make for slow writing at times. When I write, the characters feed me the story a bit at a time. I don’t create the story insomuch as I translate it. But sometimes the characters don’t feel like talking to me. So I must prod them into revealing their backgrounds or what is going on in their lives. Days go by with me asking them, “Why are you doing this?” Sometimes they only tell their secrets to my husband. Go figure!
In terms of editing, I self-edit a manuscript several times, fixing grammatical errors and improving sentence structure and flow, but I rely on critique partners and beta readers to point out flaws I simply can’t (or won’t) see. If the same issue is pointed out twice or confirms an already nagging suspicion, the manuscript is tweaked! In fact, I added an entirely new chapter to A Sprint to His Heart after a beta-read by a fellow author.
About the Book
Author: Lyla Bardan
Genre: New Adult Romance
An ordinary young woman with a dream to be a professional cyclist falls for an extraordinary young man who thinks she’s anything but ordinary.
Bailey Meyers doesn’t have time for distractions, much less a boyfriend, so why does she agree to date the drop-dead sexy Fae artist who loves to watch her race? Because for once, she’d like to take a risk off the racecourse, even after her coach’s reminder of his no dating policy. A policy that puts her racing career in jeopardy when she’s kicked off the team, as if a concussion from a crash and an accusation of doping with dark Fae blood wasn’t enough.
She can’t stay away from the enchanting Piran of Sava…until she discovers he’s not who she thought he was. Can their love stay on course when Bailey joins a cycling team a thousand miles away and Piran is promised to a Fae princess?
Lyla Bardan wrote her first romance in fifth grade and was horrified when her male teacher read it aloud in class. She wrote her second romance in the seventh grade after seeing two great horned owls engage in a rather fascinating courtship dance. As the male hooted, danced, and bobbed for the female, Lyla knew there was a story to be told. This discovery of passion in the animal world led to a lifelong interest in science, other worldly creatures, and their love stories.
While in college, Lyla joined a sci-fi/fantasy acting group, where she and others made puppets and produced plays for fellow students. Her favorite part was not creating the overly detailed and ornate puppets of fairies, demons, and dragons, but writing romance bits into every script.
It wasn’t until years into an unfulfilling scientific research career that Lyla came back to her roots of writing. Reaching into her dreams and fantasies, she left the research behind and now stays busy writing from the comfort of her home office, overlooking her well-maintained fairy garden, fruit bearing trees, and a number of birdhouses. There she can relax and remember that it was two birds that originally sparked her interest in love stories just begging to be told.
Note: Bits of this fascinating biography (written by Lyla’s daughter) are actually true!
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