The Hardest Part

Thomas HardyThe easy part about writing is coming up with stories.  The hard part is actually pulling off those stories.  I cannot tell you how often I’ve gotten a bright idea and written a synopsis for the entire book, and only then realized, crap, I’ve got to write a fill-in-the-blank scene!

For a book I wrote several years ago, Too Close for Comfort, I took a handgun safety class and visited the shooting range several times.  I learned not to let a character “tea-cup” a gun, and I also learned about a functional hold that skilled professionals, like police officers, would use.  In Her Perfect Proposal, my current release, I had Gunnar use the Harries hold -in a key scene.  It is a combination flashlight and gun hold.  There are several ways to accomplish a combo hold, but this one, Harries, made sense to me as it helps steady the gun on the forearm.

Let’s get something straight, I am a contemporary romance writer, I guess you could say I’m a lover not a fighter.  However, this story called for more police-styled action, and yes, I had to write a shooting scene. Not just any shooting scene, either, my hero gets shot!  I tried very hard to get it right.  Here’s a short excerpt.

Searing pain shot up Gunnar’s shoulder and into his neck. His vision doubled and he had to sit down. Unable to hold up the flashlight any longer, he let go of it and lowered his gun, then dropped first to his knees then onto his butt. The jolt of hitting the pavement sent sharp nauseating pain up to his shoulder. His head felt swimmy. He put it between his spread legs and bent knees and concentrated on breathing through the raging sting zinging along the nerve endings in his shoulder.

His peripheral vision going dark, Gunnar shivered and clinched his eyes closed.

Now don’t you just NEED to know what happens to my hunky hero?

I hope you’ll consider reading Her Perfect Proposal, Harlequin Special Edition and March TOP PICK from Romantic Times Magazine.  If you do, let me know what you think about the entire shooting scene, and the book.Her_Perfect_Proposal_170

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, make it a great one,
Lynne

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6 Responses to The Hardest Part

  1. robena grant says:

    I liked your description of when Gunnar was shot. I remember reading that and being right there on the page with him. Good detail.

    • admin says:

      Thank you, Robena. It’s always fun to stretch myself, and I really enjoy writing cops. 🙂

  2. Kate Willoughby says:

    Wow! I had no idea you could write so suspenseful! I think I really need to read faster so I can get to that part!

    • admin says:

      LOL, Kate. Like I said, I didn’t know what I was bargaining for when I wrote this story synopsis. Actually pulling it off is always iffy. BUT, I have critiqued a mutual author friend’s books for several years now, as well as you have, right?

      It was fun to go all “cop scene” at this part, I have to admit. 🙂
      And isn’t Tom Hardy a helluva lot more “Gunnar” than the book cover version?

  3. Hi Lynne,

    I read Too Close for Comfort, so I already knew you could write police-style suspense! You haven’t lost your touch, and I love you all the more for working it into your SE. The small scene you offered up definitely has me wanting more. I’m hoping someone’s going to nurse Gunnar back to health. 😉

    • admin says:

      Hi Sam,
      Sam definitely deserves a great nurse, the only problem is…well he broke up with Lilly just before he got shot.

      Conflict!

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

      P.S. I really loved Paul Donovan…