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The Final Checkpoint

I glanced over at Lori.  She stared intently at the instruction sheet attached to the clipboard on her knee.  Her face reflected the red glow from the small map light mounted on the dashboard.  Occasionally she looked up from the paper and out her window into the moonless desert night.
“What’s next?” I asked.
Lori pressed her finger to the paper and glanced out the windshield, "Turn left at the next corner."
The high-powered halogen driving lights mounted on my car pierced the darkness until they revealed a break in the seemingly endless desert landscape.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing with a partner
« on: February 06, 2017, 06:21:06 PM »
Thanks for all your comments

My wife Janet is a great plotter and she's an outliner. I, on the other hand am a pantser.  We discuss the book concept, do a bunch of research (since they are set in the mid 1950s)  She roughs out the chapters - we go over it. She hands the rough manuscript to me and I add to the scenes, male POV dialog and ambiance. She gets it back and we go over it again. We do this a few times. This back and forth brings the story to life. We read the book out loud to each other and make more changes before it goes to editor and beta readers.  The key is to check our egos at the door.  The story is the priority - not who wrote what part.  We're still married and we just finished DESERT ICE and are starting on Skylar Drake Mystery no.4.

Writers' Cafe / Writing with a partner
« on: February 06, 2017, 08:51:06 AM »
My wife Janet Elizabeth Lynn and I have written three mystery novels together - although we have stand-alone novels as well on kindle. Does anyone else write with their spouse?

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