In today’s guest post, I have the great pleasure of welcoming author Jan Romes again to the blog. Jan, best-known for writing romance and comedy books and novels such as STELLA IN STILETTOS, MR AUGUST, THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY, ONE SMALL FIB, and THE TEXAS BOYS FALLING FAST book series, will be introducing us to the usefulness of a storyboard, specifically for her new book NO SWEAT PANTS ALLOWED – WINE CLUB, which I am certain you will find thought-provoking and very helpful. Now, over to you Jan!
NO SWEAT PANTS ALLOWED – WINE CLUB …Using a storyboard to stay on track!
Thank you, Marcia, for having me here today! I truly appreciate the opportunity to talk a little bit about something I’ve discovered that works like a charm when writing a story with multiple characters – a storyboard. While the concept is not new, it was the first time I used one. I have to say, it was more helpful than I could’ve anticipated. To give you some idea of what I’m talking about, below is a picture of me displaying the board at one of my recent book signings.
No Sweat Pants Allowed – Wine Club is Elaina Samuels’ story but it couldn’t be told without the other equally important characters: Tawny Westerfield, Stephanie Mathews, and Grace Cordray. Each woman is unique in her own right. To keep each character straight, I divided a sturdy paper ‘board’ into four sections and labeled each section according to name. (I also do this thing with my stories where I find a Hollywood actor/actress who looks similar to my characters) On the storyboard I pasted the pictures. Under each photo I listed things like: age, hair color, eye color, other physical features like body type, their jobs, special quirks, the name of their exes (since each woman suddenly finds themselves single) because they make an appearance at some point in the story, names of their children, etc. In the direct center of the board I made a box with the fictional town of Cherry Ridge, Ohio. In that box I also included how the title of the book came to be. It helped me keep my focus as I wrote.
By the way, I’m not anti-sweat pants. I happen to love their comfort. For this story alone, the title may sound exclusive and a bit uppity, but trust me, it’s not. It’s the only title that fit the adventure.
Normally my genre is romance. I stepped slightly out of my comfort zone and wrote No Sweat Pants Allowed – Wine Club, which is women’s fiction with small elements of romance. I’d love to share the blurb:
Suddenly single, in her forties, and eager to do what it takes to start over, Elaina Samuels meets three women with similar circumstances at a cash-for-gold event. They quickly become friends and form the No Sweat Pants Allowed – Wine Club. This newly found alliance brings about some humorous escapades, a few tears, and a bond so strong no man can break as they try to cling to the past and finally step out of their comfort zones to find a happiness they thought they’d never feel again.
It was a joy to write the journeys of these four women. In the fall, I plan to publish the sequel – No Sweat Pants Allowed – Wine Club: The Fun Continues.
I hope everyone has a lovely summer! And again, thank you, Marcia for allowing me to talk about something I dearly love – writing.
This is something which would definitely prove to be of great assistance to all authors in planning and plotting a book, but also, in being able to envisage characters in a clear manner, which in turn would help greatly with the writing process overall. We thank Jan for contributing her storyboard to the blog, and if you would like to check out Jan’s book, just click on the book’s cover below. If you would like to find out more about Jan, check out her interview on Marcia’s Book Talk here which has contact information, and more details about where to find Jan’s books.