My take on the “What We Actually Do” meme for Romance Writers. The art displayed is either public domain or licensed for non-commercial use. Creative Commons SSA-BY Copyright.
What the editor will focus on, I hope, is if this scene is where the book should begin. For this book, choosing the opening has been the single most important decision I’ve had to make, and I’ve agonized.
How can something that happens with every book always come as a surprise? Even in the throes of self-doubt I don’t recognize it.
This seems to me close to my personal rule, “If I read it aloud and pause, that’s where the comma goes.” This after years of being told that was not how to do things.
Just because I have the passionate commitment about writing to put a story on the page doesn’t mean I have a right to the passionate commitment of others, let alone their money and time. I have to earn it and work to keep it.
In a well-crafted novel, every character and every scene has to serve the master players: plot, theme or setting. Best if they serve more than one.
You would think I would have learned after book four, when I mentioned with admiration a celebrity who turned out to be a double murderer, that pop culture references are usually not essential to my kind of storytelling.
The reason these two stories work so well together is that they are both about the pursuit of joy through passion.