Finished Writing My First Cozy Mystery!

S. J. Pajonas November 25, 2015
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I just finished writing my first ever cozy mystery book! This is the eighth full-length novel I’ve ever written, and it’s also the smoothest time I’ve ever had writing any book ever. Really. I think I finally upped my game by learning more about story structure and plotting ahead of time. The plotting helped significantly! It was great to always go back to my spreadsheet and see where I was in the writing process, where I need to get to, and what to write next. I never sat down at the computer and hemmed and hawed about what to write. Sure, the outline was pretty vague at some points with notes like “The Funeral” and nothing else. Lol. But that always got me going on the right track.

Done! Another book written! Came in just under target but I'm sure it'll be 85k+ once I'm done with revisions. #amwriting #NaNoWriMo #bookstagram #books #instabook

Now I’m going to take off Thanksgiving weekend, start plotting out Book 2 of the series, and then get started on writing that on Monday. I’m really hoping I don’t burn out before mid-January!

As a little treat, I’ve made another teaser for this book, so here it is!

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One thing I’ve noticed about every book I write is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE to poke fun at the genre the book is written in. In the Nogiku Series, we had…

“…Three weeks ago, he decided to stick to his fifth wave slot, and I doubt we would have survived an interstellar, long distance relationship.”

“That sounds like something out of sci-fi romance novel.”

And in SUMMER HAIKUS, we had…

I had dreams of slipping into his room and his bed but chided myself for being creepy. Who does that shit anyway? People in romance novels maybe.

Lol. Of course, I’m going to poke fun at cozy mysteries too while I’m at it. 😉

I hope you all have a great week and see you back here on Sunday!

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  • Eep! That’s so awesome you finished your first cozy mystery novel! I can’t wait to read this one! And that’s a great sign the writing went so smooth, I hope writing the sequel goes just as well!

    • Me too. Lol. Right now I’m sketchy on the mystery of the second book, but I know where I want to take most of the personal things for the characters. I need to decide on mystery in the next few days!

  • Diane Burton

    Looking forward to reading your cozy, Stephanie. I love your Nogiku series. Last year, I branched out from SFR to PI mysteries. Had a lot of fun. Hope you do, too. Best wishes.

    • Thank you, Diane! I had soooooo much fun writing this book that I just know I’ll enjoy writing the whole series, like I did with Nogiku. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 That makes me all kinds of happy.

      Did you write your PI mysteries under your same name?

      • Diane Burton

        Yes, I did since I already had a “brand”–adventure and romance in this world and beyond. I figure that covers SFR, romantic suspense, & mystery. I’m so glad you had fun.