A one-trick pony meets a new plot arc

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That’s me, a One-Trick-Pony writer. Meaning that I am skilled in only one style, namely, lighthearted historical romance.

And it’s time to change that up. That’s been my struggle with drafting a new Mercy’s Embrace novel. Elizabeth and Admiral McGillvary are together—hooray! But happily-ever-after does not a story make.

So for this year’s NaNoWriMo I’m going for lighthearted gothic. And mystery. And thriller-adventure. And, yes, romance too. Because after all, this is Elizabeth and Patrick.

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A gothic rose?
Oh, the drama!
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“It’s only a draft” I’ll be telling myself as I write. But after a long hiatus—can it be five years? —it will be wonderful to work with these beloved characters again. And a few new ones, like Ronan McGillvary’s villainous mother, the Contessa.

If all goes well, a new Mercy’s novel will be in the works. It’s about time, right? And then I won’t be a One-Trick-Pony writer any more.

I’m in for one intense month. Wish me luck!

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4 thoughts on “A one-trick pony meets a new plot arc

  1. Susan Kaye

    I think most writers are one trick ponies. Even when a writer crosses genres you tend to see the same themes playing out in their various stories and characters. Good luck Nanoing.

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  2. Robin Helm

    I’m looking forward to reading it, Laura, though I wouldn’t call you a one-trick pony. Your Darcy by Any Other Name is not light romance by any means.

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