A Father For Her Boys by Danielle Grandinetti: How I Craft My Stories

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About A Father For Her Boys

A Father for Her Boys

Title: A Father for Her Boys
Author: Danielle Grandinetti
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: August 22, 2023
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A family scarred by tragedy… Will find hope in an unlikely gardener A summer escape to the quaint little town of River Cove is just what auntie turned mom Sofia Russo—and her troubled, energetic nephews—needs. It’s a chance to heal from grief and her broken foot. But a surprising friendship with compassionate gardener Nathaniel Turner shows Sofia just how much she’s been missing…and how much she stands to lose when summer ends. From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope

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About the Author

Danielle Grandinetti

Danielle Grandinetti is an inspirational romance author fueled by tea and books, and the occasional nature walk. A 2023 Finalist in the FHLCW Reader’s Choice Award, she has also won the UNW Distinguished Faith in Writing Award and the CROW National Excellence in Story Telling Award. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons.

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How I Craft My Stories

How I craft my stories … this is a fun question to answer because I have both a creative and engineering brain. In the world of writing, those opposites are often described as a plotter or a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants). I’ve come to realize I’m both and neither and here’s why …

On the one hand, I’m an intuitive writer. I don’t plot out my stories. I prefer to get to know the characters, set them in a difficult situation, and see what they do. In essence, I’m just along for the ride. I love that process of discovery, of my character’s personalities unfolding as they face various trials, of not knowing what the bad guy will do, or sometimes who the bad guy is!

However, my mathematical mind likes structure and organization. One would think that would lead to being a plotter, but I haven’t found that to be the case. If I know what happens at the end of the story too early in the writing of it, the story loses what I love most: that element of discovery. So, instead, I create what amounts to a scaffolding on which to hang my story.

What does this look like?

I begin with a spreadsheet (I mentioned I have an engineer’s brain and spreadsheets are like catnip). First, I set my word count goal, how long I’d like my chapters, then let the algorithm I’ve created map out where I need the major turning points in my story. Like the first Act turn, the middle, and the climax. Those happen in about the same spots in most stories, no matter a story’s length.

Once the scaffold structure is set, I know what word count I need to aim at in order to hit each point. It’s like mini-goals. Or like traveling through a forest in a straight line by picking a tree that is straight ahead, walking to it, then picking another tree directly ahead to stay on course.

Similarly, having the scaffold structure keeps my characters from straying even as I follow their story through the process of discovery. The story can morph naturally this way because I still don’t know what happens at each of those plot turning points until I get there, just that those major turning points will happen when they should. And, I hope readers will be as surprised as I am by what happens next.

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