Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose. To learn more about her, visit www.ginaholmes.com.
I take a deep breath and it begins to come back to me. At this point I set out to outline a large portion of the rest of the book… and I always realize that I don’t have enough material for an entire novel. Short story, sure, but 400 pages? Nope. Panic sets in again, but now I remember I have brainstorming partners. They’re great at filling in the blanks, asking the tough questions and suggesting things I never thought of. So, I make a call … Ane Mulligan doesn’t pick up and Jessica Dotta is under deadline. I kick the cabinet, bite my nails, and scramble to find a novel to read for inspiration. I may read Charles Martin, Frank Peretti, Chris Fabry or one of my other favorite authors. Or I might just pick up one of my own novels which reminds me I have succesfully done this before and each novel is written one word at a time.
So, I set about writing one word at a time until one or both of my brainstorm partners calls me. I’ve been working with my two friends long enough to know, even under deadline or broken bone, they WILL get back to me. They always have. So, we spend an hour on the phone tossing out ideas… some crazy, some stupid, some brilliant–but not quite right, and then like Goldly Locks, we stumble upon something that is just right.
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