Julie Jarnagin writes inspirational romance and is a self-proclaimed plotting addict. (I love that, don’t you? LOL) She earned a B.A. in Journalism/Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of America Christian Fiction Writers. Enjoy learning more about her writing process:
Do you tend to write nonfiction or fiction?
When I was younger, I always thought I would write nonfiction, but I finally found my home writing inspirational romance.
How long does it take you to finish a book?
It takes me between a month and a month and a half to write a first draft, but it usually takes me anywhere from three to nine months to edit it, depending on the length of the book and whether or not I’m on a deadline.
What’s your usual approach? Seat of your pants? Outline?
I’m a very detailed outliner. I have a spreadsheet where I list every scene with its POV character, setting, goal, conflict, and disaster (or the reaction, dilemma, and decision if it’s a sequel). I spend about a month brainstorming and plotting before I ever begin writing.
How many rough drafts do you usually go through before you’re satisfied with the final version?
I write a rough first draft. Then I go through an intensive round of rewrites. My final stage is reading through the manuscript several times to polish the writing.
Do you have someone you give your manuscript to for feedback before you give it to an editor or agent?
I have critique partners who read one or two chapters at a time. They’re amazing, and I don’t know what I would do without them.
Sometimes writers get so close to a piece that they aren’t good at judging what needs to stay and what should be edited out. How do you get perspective when this happens?
My critique partners help a lot with this. They are honest when telling me something isn’t working. It also helps for me to step away from a chapter for awhile. When I look at it with a fresh eye, I can see it more clearly. Because of my detailed plotting process, I have less to delete than I think I would if I were a seat of the pants writer. I have my story structure pretty pinned down before I begin writing.
I just finished a series of contemporary romances with Heartsong Presents, Canyon Walls, Canyon Crossing and Canyon Café. Now I’m working on a full-length contemporary romance titled The Wedding Chapel.
Where can we catch up with you online?
I love to connect with writers and readers online: