I don’t have much in the way of an update. I’ve been limping along since I returned from the funeral. Sometimes it’s hard for me to get back into the groove of things, but I’ll manage. I have been working on THE PROPHET here and there, ironing out some more minor plot issues I’ve found. I hope to have actually written something for the Sunday update.
But I did want to share an amazing rejection I recently received for INTO THE DARK. Yes, I said amazing. An editor really loved the book, but it didn’t have enough romance for her line. Normally, she finds ways to add romance, but she stated INTO THE DARK was “perfect the way it is.” She went on to talk about how much she liked it and how it would have been a great book to edit.
Needless to say, I was both floored and disappointed. Since she and I had been communicating, I was really hoping to work with her and the publisher. But hearing an experience editor give such great feedback (and she did go into more detail, I’m just going to keep it to myself) was incredibly validating. And it brings me to something my best friend has been telling me since I started this writing journey: “write the book you want to.”
Of course there are rules to follow–structure, strong characters, believable plot, etc. But if you don’t love the story you’ve created, if you’re not completely invested in the characters, if you don’t think the plot would hold your interest, fix it. And conversely, if you love the characters and plot, even though it may be a little out there for some or might not be genre specific, write it anyway.
I’m not saying ignore critique partners when they say something’s not working. Listening to them is vital. I’m saying that writing – and the success that comes with it – is just as dependent on personal satisfaction as it is being picked up by an agent or publisher and selling thousands of books. Bottom line: if you don’t love your book, no one else will.
All right, enough preaching for today. How are everyone else’s Row80 goals coming along?