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Plotting Ridiculousness!

If you tracked my brain process when plotting, it would look like one of those flight path maps–all over the place.  Since I’m plotting a book right now, I started trying on possible story directions. I couldn’t narrow them down, so I figured, hey, I’ll at least cast the actor I’ll use for the hero.

This led me to Pinterest, which led me to Google, and I ended up on YouTube watching a Days of Our Lives clip. It was a beauty! The user who uploaded the video added some wild violin music. It really added to my enjoyment. You can view it below (you’re welcome).



I decided to take a break and rest on the couch. Well, a truckload of backstory dumped in my brain before my head hit the couch pillow. Yes! Back upstairs for more research. Two hours later, I had a new understanding of my heroine’s motivations, her career and her story direction. Back to Pinterest to find the actress she looks like. Then to Google. You get the idea. :)

I have a lot of plotting to do still, but I love it when the story is headed in the right direction. To have a large block of time to research, explore possibilities, and, yes, to watch Days of Our Lives clips is a huge blessing. This is one of my favorite parts of writing.

Did you ever watch soap operas? Did you have a favorite?

Have a terrific weekend!


Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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  1. I do watch a soap.. General Hospital, I DVR it so I can skip the commercials. I’m at a point now I’ll probably quit watching because of the life situations it is portraying as normal.. for now I’ll just keep fast forwarding over those scenes..

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