Remember that time you met someone who loved Firefly as much as you do? There was excited squealing and reminiscing over your most favorite parts, laughing at the same jokes, and before you knew it, you were rushing halfway down the aisle of bestie-hood.I have this reaction with one of my authors.
This blog post is a little bit different than my others. I was discussing this subject with a writer friend, and I realized this isn't really talked about enough. When choosing a developmental editor (DE), there are a bazillion articles and posts about what to look for: training, skill, rates. And while all of that is important, a writer-editor relationship is so much more than that. And it may or may not be a healthy one.
Even though it's been a terrible year—from the eye-stabbing election cycle to the loss of the most treasured voices (David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, George Michael, Carrie Fisher...I can't go on)—it's been a good year for this developmental editor.
I read the most fantastic book the other day. It made me laugh out loud and made tears prick my eyes and made my heart ache. And I highlighted all of my favorite lines that simply, quietly blew me away. I was mesmerized and reverent, like holding the softest baby chicken in the cup of my hands for the first time. Then I sat in something like a post-coital trance, replaying the favorite parts in my head and mentally snuggling into my love for this great storytelling. I run to my laptop, dust off an old WIP, and proceed to write All The Things.
This is a dangerous thing to do.
This blog post was a long time coming. Procrastination, anyone?
I could write my way through all of the fantastic workshops I attended, from the dissection of story structure that strokes my geek side, to hilarious author chats about good and bad sex scenes. Or the session that went into great, great, great detail about what happens at a romance cover photo shoot, starring a live—shirtless—male model, that was definitely not recorded (but burned into the minds of every female, and rare male, in attendance).
This year will be my first time attending the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual Conference and I'M NOT AT ALL OVERWHELMED. I'm somewhere between terrified and ecstatic. And mostly overwhelmed.
I came across a blog post the other day that discussed how to write emotion—a subject not new to us—but explained in a new way. I don't like to regurgitate information if someone blogged it better. So I had to share.
You may have heard the common writing craft advice: Act first, explain later.
This doesn't work out when you're pouring your fifth glass of wine and drunk-texting a confession to BFF about eating the last bag of Cheetos your husband had been pining for (I would never!).
But it's great if you're giving a story beginning or a scene instant momentum, engaging readers to follow something exciting, and showing how a character reacts or makes decisions under pressure.
One of the lessons I’ve learned over the years in blogging is not to write about a subject if someone already wrote it better. It’s like that time I re-told a joke, except I fudged the ending and didn’t do it justice at all. (And for the first time, you hear what polite laughter sounds like.)
So, I’m pulling your attention to a lovely blog post, where Jenny Cruise talked about story beginnings and endings in a linear structured plot.
I had a peculiar email interaction with an author a few weeks ago. She was super upbeat and had a fantastic sense of humor when contacting me. And when someone is excited, I get excited. Hear me bounce across the globe.