Welcome to a Writing Day with Allison Gatta
Here we are. A new day dawns.
I’m going to pretend this feels like a good thing and not like I’ve just been summoned from my tomb after a hundred years of sleep. My husband wakes me up and gives me some coffee to make me semi-human while I dress and get ready to go.
Together, we drive to my best friend’s house and he drops me off so my friend and I can do what we do best: A writing day.
What is a writing day, you ask?
Laser focused, balls to the wall, writing until you can’t feel your face.
It’s not for the faint of heart, but luckily we encourage each other and cheer each other on in the most compassionate, friendliest way possible.
But for real, we have breakfast and plan our day before settling in, setting a timer, and seeing who can get the most words in a set amount of time.
This is hard, challenging work and we know it. Which is why we fuel our bodies…with diet food.
We are on a grueling diet and are only allowed to drink smoothies during the day. So, as we write and “encourage” each other, we eventually break for some good ol’ nutrition.
Anyway, over lunch we plan our next writing sections and my friend helps me to plan what exactly I’m going to write for my blog post. By this time, I’ve written roughly two chapters and my brain is humming with what my hero and heroine need to say to each other.
I sit down and say aloud “ok, I’ve just been broken up with, how do I feel?”
My friend looks at me and says, “Is that seriously how you write?”
We have been writing together for four years and neither of us has ever discussed our process. For an instant, we wonder if we are complete strangers.
When this moment passes, we settled down to write again until our husbands walk through the door and the writing day is done. We’ve logged half the words we wanted to and I have written an article omitting all the time we spent talking about Beyonce and Hamilton and the half hour we wasted watching someone get trounced on an episode of Chopped, but there are words on the page.
This, my friends, is what victory tastes like.
Be sure to check out Allison’s new release,
One Week with the Marine
Avery Forrester has never been the type to settle down—not to one place, not to one job, and certainly not to one man. Still, when her long-term best friend with benefits comes home on leave with a plan—including marriage and children—she realizes she’ll have to do something drastic in order to keep him. Luckily, drastic is what she does best.
…isn’t enough anymore.
U.S. Marine Holden Morris has never backed down from a challenge. And this time, that challenge is persuading wild child Avery Forrester, the woman he’s loved his entire life, to marry him. He wants the whole deal—a wife, a family. But convincing her to become a military wife won’t be easy. Then again, he knows Avery—in every way possible. Armed with that kind of knowledge—carnal and otherwise–how can he possibly fail?
Allison Gatta is an avid writer of steamy contemporary romance, an obsessive viewer of bad television, and an occasional player of overly-complex board games. In her free time, she thinks up fun, new characters and argues with her family over sci-fi trivia. She is a firm believer that Voldemort would vanquish Darth Vader in a duel. Allison lives in the bustling city of New Haven, CT with her husband and their scrappy pup, Sophie. She is fueled by coffee and feedback
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