Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday Thoughts with Nic Starr

Passionate about stories. Passionate about word count.

This month (November) is NaNoRiMo. For those of you who aren’t familiar, that’s an abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month (although it’s a global event). Anyone can participate simply by registering on the website and getting stuck into writing. The goal is to achieve a word count of 50,000 words written in the month. I took part last year and enjoyed the process. I found it effective to challenge myself, and the support from other participants was fabulous. My story, Andrew’s Promise, was my NaNo story last year, so I also achieved publishing success which was an added bonus. J

While choosing what story I wanted to work on this year, I reviewed my list of plot bunnies (and there are a lot of them!) Given the pressure to get a large volume of words done, I wanted to make sure it was a story I was passionate and excited about, something I was eager to tell so the words could keep flowing. I chose to write the second story in my yet-to-be-released Rustic series. I wanted to tell this story because it deals with a grieving man who’s put his heart on ice, determined never to fall in love again because then he won’t need to deal with heartbreak. The story resonated with me at this time because of a conversation I had with someone who’s recently lost their soulmate, so it was something I was thinking about a lot. Of course, my character, Tyler, will get his happy ending. I hope my friend does too because life without opening your heart to love must be very lonely.

The story started with a bang and the words are flowing, but like most people, my energy does flag at times. So how do I keep inspired? Firstly, I have an outline of the story. I know what’s going to happen so I’m eager to get there. I want to give Tyler and Mac their happiness together. Secondly, I keep an inspiration board for my characters. I look at their photos (okay, so they’re really photos of cute guys I’ve pinched off the web or maybe even the Cup o’ Porn site – those pics are hot!), or listen to music that puts me in the right mood. And because it’s NaNo, I’ve joined some Facebook groups where people encourage and cheer each other on.

It’s still a busy month, trying to get lots of writing done and deal with real life too. So I’ll say goodbye and go back stuck back into my manuscript. J

Nic xx
And for those of you interested, here are the details of my latest release J

More Than A Friend

Tim Walker is a free man. He’s broken up with his girlfriend and is ready to move on to a new relationship. But the relationship he wants to pursue is fraught with challenges. Firstly, Scott Richardson is a man, and only Tim’s closest friends know Tim’s bisexual. Secondly, everyone knows Scott relishes the single life. And then there’s the big one: Scott is the younger brother of Tim’s best friend, Paul.

Scott can’t deny an attraction to his brother’s friend Tim. Lean, dark blond, and blue-eyed, Tim is hot and hard not to notice—especially since Scott and Tim work together. Too bad the man is straight, and too bad Scott worries how Paul will react if Scott hooks up with his best friend.

Tim and Scott want to see if there’s a chance for more than friendship between them, but neither of them wants to lose Paul. Together, they must find the courage to follow their hearts and find a way to have it all.

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Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn't give it up for the world.

Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!

When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters-and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.

You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She'd love it if you stopped by to say hi.

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((Apologies for the lateness!  Evaine))


  1. Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts :)

  2. Love the post! Thank you for the insight as to how you choose which book comes next!