Author Robyn Rychards Shares Her Writing Process and Giveaway

Please welcome author Robyn Rychards. She's also brought a kindle gift copy of her latest release, HER KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR for one commenter!

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Over to Robyn now...



Okay, it’s true confessions time.  I pretty much have no clue about writing-craft.  Or at least nothing tangible that I can post to help someone else.  I haven’t had any formal training through college or writing courses to know how to even begin to attempt something along the lines of a ‘how-to that works for me’.  Another thing that makes it even more difficult for me to discuss writing craft is the fact I’m a pantser.  In other words, I write by the seat of my pants.  Which means having something to share with fellow writers, or aspiring writers, that makes the process more effective is not an option either. 

So, I’ll share my process for those of you that may be the kind of writer I am.  Hopefully I’m not the only one out there like this… (Eeeekk!)  When I am ready to write a story, I have the outline, the characters and conflict in my head, as well as a few key scenes, and then I write somewhat like a frog hopping from lily pad to lily pad, linking one piece of the story to the next until I’m across the pond and the story is done.  I like to edit grammar as I go along rather than leave it until the story is complete, so I’m constantly messing with the story as I write it.  Once I have the whole tale out of my head and down on virtual paper, I read through the entire thing, adding bits here and there to improve deep point of view or make the scene come alive.  But in the end. the basic ingredients for being a writer, in my experience, comes down to natural talent, imagination and a huge appetite for reading.  Because if you read enough, it can
teach you how to write. 




Her Knight In Shining Armour


She may not need a knight in shining armour to save her, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to look a gift knight in the visor...


Paisley doesn’t need a knight in shining armour to rescue her from her high-powered, abusive ex-husband. She’s got it covered on her own: she's changed her name, liquidated her assets, and has a plan to disappear in the Rocky Mountain National Park.


Psychiatrist Sterling James has absolutely no intention of being anyone’s saviour. The only woman he has any time for is his sister. But circumstances change when Sterling finds Paisley in an unexpected and life-threatening situation. Brought in to the drama of her escape, Sterling finds himself invested, and he can't move on until he knows Paisley is going to be safe.


It should be a simple enough exercise to get Paisley out of the park and into her new life. But nothing is ever as simple as it should be, and Sterling soon discovers that even if her ex-husband buys the set-up, he might not be able to watch Paisley go...


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25 comments:

  1. Reading is the best form of research for the craft. :)

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    1. So true, Kelly. Even though I used to hate hearing that I've come to appreciate how true it is. :D

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  2. It sounds like an adorable romance, full of conflict and excitement. I enjoyed reading Robyn's guest post and wish her the best! (Please don't include me in the giveaway as I live in Egypt with terrible mail service.)

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    1. Happy to hear you like the sound of it Lexa! It's an eBook actually. Would you be able to use that?

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  3. I'm a fellow pantster who likes to hold most of it in my head before I begin writing too!

    I've already got my own copy of the story (which is GREAT!) so don't enter me in the draw! :)

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    1. Aww... Thanks Jemi! Really glad you like it. And pretty excited to learn I'm not the only one who has this process. :D

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  4. Congrats and best of luck to Robyn!

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  5. Congrats, Robyn! And reading books is crucial in writing. I think Stephen King said something along the lines of "If you don't read, then you don't have the tools to write."

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    1. Thanks Cherie! Nice to know I'm in agreement with someone like Stephen King. :D

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  6. I very much agree. The more reading you do, the better a writer you will become. Nothing makes for effective study like reading and then following the example of others.

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    1. Nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks like this. :D Thanks for stopping by Crystal!

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  7. Congratulations on the release, Robyn!

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  8. I agree that reading is sooooo important! Wishing Robyn the best of luck. This sounds like a great book. I like that the main character doesn't feel like she needs a knight in shining armor, but she will take one! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Jess! Glad you stopped by the blog. :D

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  9. Knight in Shining Armor sounds like it has a lot of great sub-plots. Congratulations on the release!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! My maiden name was Ellis. :D

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  10. First, I love meeting other Robyns! (Most of the Robins I've met spell their name incorrectly - with an "i".)

    I imagine many or most of us have no writer's training. I'm fumbling my way through, learning as I go.

    Your book sounds spicy and suspenseful.
    Best wishes with it.

    Thank you, Robyn and Kelly.

    xoRobyn

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    1. It is rather exciting running across another Robyn! It's the boys who spell it correctly with an 'i'. Definitely wrong if you're a girl. :D Thanks for the well-wishes. Hope your writing pays off for you!

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  11. Reading, I do far too much and always have, but would hate to live without books! Enjoyed the post Robyn.
    Hi Kelly !

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    1. Reading is rather an addiction, isn't it Denise? I have far more books than I'll ever read and now the digital ones are starting to pile up too..

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  13. Hi Robyn -- it's refreshing to hear your honesty in saying you don't feel equipped to offer a list of 10 quick tips or do's and don'ts or something along those lines -- when I see a list of 20 things I need to do today, I tend to feel a sudden fatigue, but when I see someone just talk about their experience, I find myself perking up, as I did reading this.

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    1. Hi Chris! Thanks for your comment. This is what I was hoping to accomplish by sharing my experience. Appreciate your stopping by. :D

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