Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. She can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/roniek/)!
Ronie's newest thriller is Operation Zulu: Redemption, a serialized novel. New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee writes: "Operation Zulu is everything you know to expect from master storyteller Ronie Kendig: High-octane action, unforgettable characters and an all-out riveting read. Prepare to be up all night."
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Plotter or pantser? Are you rolling your eyes yet? It’s one of the oldest questions put to authors in interviews. For years, I’d loudly and proudly proclaim, “I’m a panster! Plotting straightjackets my creativity!”
To a certain extent, it certainly did. In fact, when I first learned I had to write an outline to put into a proposal, I about had a meltdown. But my mentor/advocate, John Olson, told me to write one out, then throw it away and write the story! In other words—get a general sense of direction about where you’re heading, then let the story loose on the page. Let those characters show you what they’ve got and why that plot point you had in the master plan simply won’t work.
Overkill - The Beginning, just released digitally--and it's FREE!!)
Admittedly, I pouted a little when I found out my publisher required a detailed outline of each “episode” (remember—there were originally 13)—which was necessary since I would be writing fifteen-thousand-word episodes each week. So with the leaping came the daunting realization that not only would I have to detail out the overall story, character arcs, and subplots, but each episode also needed to have a self-contained minor plots, much like a TV drama.
Though it strained my natural inclinations to go into such great depth in an outline, I promised myself the room to veer off or change parts as I got deeper into the story—and I warned my editor I might have to do that but promised no major plot changes. I was nervous about being tied to the outline, worried that I’d get in there and realize this character would never do that! Or realize that in all my planning/plotting, I’d missed some crucial element that would destroy the story.
But in we went, deep into the breakneck pace. However, immersed in throes of the actual writing, I found great comfort in the outline, which told me where I needed to go. What hints needed to be built up. What I needed to be layering into the story—especially since I also had no time for editing other than a read-through of the episode. Did I find myself fixing some points I’d missed? Yes. Absolutely. But they were minor and didn’t create upheaval.
This intense regimen was brutal time wise, but it taught me a lot about myself, as well as the whole
Now, I quite proudly say that I’m both a plotter and a panster. . .depending on the story and the timeframe. The point is not to reignite the Plotter vs. Panster debate but rather to say: be open to exploring new methods. Be willing to try new things that will not only help you figure out what does and doesn’t work for you, but will make you more confident in those methods. There is always room to grow and you’ll learn about yourself in the process.
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OPERATION ZULU: REDEMPTION - Brand-new 5-part Serial Novel!
They never should’ve existed. Now they don’t.
In the aftermath of their first highly successful op, the first all-female special ops team, known as Zulu, discovered that innocent civilians—women and children—died at their hands. Zulu was set up to take the devastating fall. Fearing for their lives, Zulu vanished. With new identities and spread across the globe, they lived in relative but isolated peace—yet still haunted by the past. Terrified of being discovered.
Five years after that horrific night, they’ve begun to hope they might be safe and the tragedy forgotten. Until two of them are murdered.
Download the FREE TEASER--RIGHT NOW!! Beginning 7/18, each part will release weekly. Start the adventure today!!