Saturday, April 9, 2011

Starting Over

There's nothing so frustrating as working on a book that you suddenly realize is crap. I'm more than half finished with my next novel and I've had to rip out the entire beginning and start over. My heroine was unlikeable, the kiss of death really for a romance novel, and the hero seemed more wimpy than hunky. I guess it's better that I figure this out now than later when I can't figure out why no one loves my story. My critique partner helped open my eyes and, while I wanted to scratch out hers for a while, now I'm grateful she did.  Of course now I want to hole up somewhere for a month and finish it, but let's face it, that's just not gonna happen. I have a newborn baby, a 4 year old daughter and a husband who has to leave on business for weeks at a time. Somehow I have to squeeze writing into the time I have left. Not an excuse but there we are.

Btw the cover pictured here isn't the actual cover for my book. It's just something I threw together to represent it. So I've changed the whole beginning and am waiting for my CP to read and like/dislike. Anyone else want to help? How do you make a superstar model trying to impress a guy, without admitting that's what she's doing, not sound like a witch with a capital B? That's my problem. I think I've figured it out, but don't want to give it to an editor until I'm sure. I'm not sure Romantic Suspense is my strong suit, but I love shows like "The Closer" and "CSI". Doesn't make me an expert but then again I've never met a Greek god (okay maybe one) and traveled through time (although it did seem like it at the time) either, and I manged to write about that. I guess if you're passionate about what you write about, no matter what it is, someone else will be too.