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Sometimes the right path tests us beyond our limits.

Just recently, I had to delete 55,000 words and write 60,000 more, but I’m well on my way to achieving my goals for this manuscript. And if my amazing editor Rogena Mitchell-Jones is giving me a thumbs up then I’m pretty darn proud. 

There is a lot of sadness in this world — recently with the touching passing of actor, Robin Williams. We should note, however, that the moment just after we break is often the point when we are rewarded.

Never give up. If I did The Rental would never exist. For every low, there is a high just over the horizon.

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Writing is hard; here’s a plan

I finished my manuscript, The Rental and have handed it into my editor. Now I have a new task: how the hell do I plan and start the sequel to his novel? All the stress! All the things to resolve! All. The. Writers. Block.

I want to share something with you today, and it’s what I’ve done to get myself out of that anxious/stressful/sanity-testing phase of how to put a story together when it’s just not coming together.

Call it writers block. Call it a hole. Or call it the writing blues.

But you need to read these tips, so you might not have any of those feelings going forward.

◊  ◊  ◊  STEP ONE  ◊  ◊  ◊

The important thing here is to develop ideas and a plan based on tension, twists and conflict that will serve your manuscript as best possible. What am I talking about?

Stakes. Stakes make a story, and without good ones, they are bad. And bad stakes make for boring and even confusing storytelling.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What are the worst things that could happen?
  • What are the best things that could happen?

Under each of those question headings, list 5 –10 things that come to mind. Issues to put down could include:

  • The MC (main character) gets hurt/killed if the antagonist (bad guy) wins out;
  • the love interest hurts the MC;
  • the MC’s past comes back to haunt him or her;
  • the MC’S family or friends get hurt because of the MC’s issues; and
  • the MC is betrayed/cheated/harmed/hated/discarded, etc.
  • The main character could finally marry their lover;
  • the MC and lover can put their dark pasts behind them; and
  • the MC is happy again, and has a purpose in life.

Writing down these ideas can help resolve your own inner conflict by surfacing the essential need of the story. When you put these ideas together, you can develop a workable plan, one that will test your characters to their limits and by the end, your ending might just write itself. Endings don’t happen when storylines and character arcs are screwed and/or inefficient. All the endings in the world won’t feel right if you don’t nail the characters, theme, pacing, plots and subplots up to that point.

◊  ◊  ◊  STEP TWO  ◊  ◊  ◊

Now that you have jotted down the best and worst things that can happen in your story, you can write out a plan, dividing the story into four quarters (I say “four” because movies operate on the three-act structure, but books have four definitive sections).

Use the worst things you listed at the plot or pinch points, the midpoint and black moment.(You’ll read what these are below.) Pepper in the good things you listed along to create hope.

Section your plan into:

Beginning – ¼: (include the hook within the first scene and first plot point* between 20 — 25%)

¼ – ½: (include the first pinch point [otherwise known as a low point where things fall apart] at ~ 37.5% and the midpoint† at ~50%)

½ – ¾: (include the second pinch point (see above) at ~ 62.5%)

¾ — end: include the second plot point* at 75 — 80% and the black moment [otherwise known as the moment everything falls apart and nothing looks like it'll work out] at ~ 90%)

* plot points are moments that change the direction of the story such as going on a quest, accepting a deal, etc.

† The midpoint marks the change where the characters now somewhat control their future. From 0 — 50% they might have been forced on their pathway, confused or lost. But, from 50% on, they might have a clue which sheds some light, or maybe they willingly accept their fates and go on with renewed vigour.


I hope the above helps you. Writers block, writers blues, writers hole and all that jazz really sucks. Cheers to happier writing from here on out! *raises champagne glass*

 

The Rental teaser – “sex”

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♥ ♥ ♥ Cover reveal sign ups: http://wp.me/p1WPf3-1bn At first, Rick Delaney watched Vee Wyland with the hungry eyes of a fox as if she were a rabbit … his rabbit. But one day, he slunk away without notice. When he returns, that … Continue reading

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Cover RevealIf you’re excited for The Rental and want to show off the cover on reveal day, August 21st, then read on!

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Reveal date: August 21, 2014
Reveal time: MUST be posted between 7 a.m. and before 6 p.m. of the 21st. (no earlier)

Title: The Rental
Author: Rebecca Berto
Series: book #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication date: September 22, 2013

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At first, Rick Delaney watched Vee Wyland with the hungry eyes of a fox as if she were a rabbit … his rabbit. But one day, he slunk away without notice.

Months away from graduating high school, Vee’s life is on the verge of crumbling. At home, dire finances and long hours test her family. Her boyfriend hardly pays attention to her. And she can’t shake her feelings for his older brother, Rick.

Then, all in one night, tragedy tears her teetering life into shreds.

When Rick and Vee reunite, the sparks fly. However, she unwittingly signs away a future for both of them. In his world, a place called The Rental, she becomes Victoria and Rick becomes Rhett. One part of her watches with fascination, while the other unfurls and embraces her sexual awakening. It began as a game, but the consequences are real.

Following their heart’s desire is forbidden, but walking away could strip their hope for a future.

The Rental is an erotic romance that explores how sex isn’t purely physical; sometimes, it’s a gateway to your soul.

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This series follows stories from characters working at the company, The Rental. Book #1 and #2 follow Rick and Vee’s story.


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The Rental: blurb reveal!

8048905957_198c8c8751_oI’m so excited to reveal the blurb with you today for my novel, The Rental.

If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s the first book in a new erotic romance series. Book #1 and #2 focus on Rick and Vee, and the other books will focus on other characters you meet along the way.

Without further ado, here is the blurb . . .

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At first, Rick Delaney watched Vee Wyland with the hungry eyes of a fox as if she were a rabbit … his rabbit. But one day, he slunk away without notice.

Months away from graduating high school, Vee’s life is on the verge of crumbling. At home, dire finances and long hours test her family. Her boyfriend hardly pays attention to her. And she can’t shake her feelings for his older brother, Rick.

Then, all in one night, tragedy tears her teetering life into shreds.

When Rick and Vee reunite, the sparks fly. However, she unwittingly signs away a future for both of them. In his world, a place called The Rental, she becomes Victoria and Rick becomes Rhett. One part of her watches with fascination, while the other unfurls and embraces her sexual awakening. It began as a game, but the consequences are real.

Following their heart’s desire is forbidden, but walking away could strip their hope for a future.

The Rental is an erotic romance that explores how sex isn’t purely physical; sometimes, it’s a gateway to your soul.

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This series follows stories from characters working at the company, The Rental. Book #1 and #2 follow Rick and Vee’s story.

Release date: coming September 22, 2014

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Blunt and honest truths about my intentions for “The Rental”

326e2be500bd86d90ace2e75f9a75894I want to be blunt and honest with you. I’ve been giving hints about The Rental, but it’s time I let you in on my intentions.

This is first book in my erotic romance series. Vee and Rick’s journey to happiness together is explored and enhanced through sexual discovery, which is as important as the emotional romantic journey.

This isn’t a story about BDSM or Dom/Sub. What you’ll experience will be a sexual and boundary-pushing journey into exploring Vee and Rick’s, and maybe even your own, desires. This is a love story, and one where kink and sexuality is as important as the emotional romance.

That’s what this book is about: exploring human desire and the journey to get to true satisfaction.

Sooo, yeah, enjoy. And add THE RENTAL to your Goodreads shelf!

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“The Rental” – a teaser blurb and sexy picture!

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Erotic Romance
Book #1 of The Rental series
Release date: (coming 2014)

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he belongs to a dark & lucrative world
she has nothing to lose, everything to gain

until she learns the rules
she leaves; no future
he leaves; death

join the world of The Rental

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I’m back with The Rental, and it’s fresher and hotter than ever!

I’ve been pretty silent recently, and that’s because I’ve been working hard on my next release. It’s an erotic romance, and while I’m still working on the blurb and a new cover for it, I do have updates in the form of AH-MAY-ZING pictures and GIFs.

WARNING: What you are about to see is explicit and steamy hot, so proceed at your own risk ;)

First she was sad

and then he came

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and they couldn’t stop even when they should have

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but then her world shattered in an instant

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and she fell into a dark place alone and hurting

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but she re-united with him

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and they did this

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and then he was less careful

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and then all of this happened

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and this mind-blowing kind of stuff … *faints*

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Does that give you an idea of the story although I can’t provide you with the new cover or blurb yet? ;) hehe I hope so! You can view those photos and GIFs to your heart/body’s content and share this post all over social media.

I’m taking my time to perfect this book for you, but you can bet I’m working as fast as I can without burning out.

The FULL The Rental board is here on Pinterest for you to follow, gawk at, etc . . .

Thanks for your support!

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I wasn’t going to say anything, but . . .

. . . but I’ve had a few enquiries about my books, so I thought I should let you all know aloud what’s going on inside my head in case there are a few others, wondering silently.

I won’t be publishing books for a while. I don’t know what the book will be when that time comes again or when it will be, but I know that when I do publish more it won’t be any time in the near future.

In the meantime, I’ll be publishing my book reviews on Novel Girl. Please do comment and let me know what else you’d like to see me posting about since I won’t have my own book stuff to share anymore.

If you need a book cover designed, you can always visit me at Berto Designs. I have much more time to fit in clients these days, so drop by and check out the site, and send me an email if you’d like to chat about a project.

Thanks for all your support!


 

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The Rental: a teaser

Today’s post is micro short.

Tiny and cheeky.

But oh, so worth it.

Read on for a teaser from The Rental, Part 1, my upcoming release from a scorching new Erotic Romance series.

The Rental pt 1 teaserNovel Girl - book descriptionEighteen-year-old Vee Wyland is no stranger to loss. In the blink of an eye, she loses her father in a horrible accident. And when she needs her boyfriend the most, he leaves her for her best friend. Suddenly, the girl that had everything unravels, caught in a downward spiral of grief and financial loss.

Drop-dead gorgeous and old crush, Rick Delaney waltzes in and opens her up to the world of The Rental, where everything is for sale, except sex itself.

It seems easy enough … guarding your heart, but selling your body.

But it’s hard to trust your ex-boyfriend’s brother.

Dealing with his own demons, Rick is drawn to Vee and the white-hot sizzle that flares when she walks into a room. From the moment they re-unite, their sexual chemistry is undeniable. He ignites passion back into her dull world, and it seems all fun and games until feelings get involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where hearts get broken and the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

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