Well, not so much recipe as formula.
If you’re a romance reader, you’re aware that romance books are made up of formulas. There are certain ways writers format a story, and it’s pretty cut and dried. It’s up to the writer to add his/her own razzle-dazzle to make it their own. We – I include myself since I’m also a reader – like to think we don’t like formulas. We even criticize certain books because we can see certain events coming up chapters ahead of the action, and yet, we don’t generally appreciate it when a story veers off the beaten path.
My problem: Sebastian’s story is not conforming to the formula. I thought I had the story all mapped out, but Sebastian had other plans. In the actual writing, certain things started becoming apparent to me. The timeline is an issue, but I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing…yet. Yes, it’s a good thing to explore new things, but in this….hmmm. I’m just not sure yet. So, I guess I’ll keep plugging away and hope the story turns into a cohesive product. Otherwise, I’ll have to throw everything away and start anew.
As my friend would say,”Rant over.”