...Cry, cry, and whine.
Wait. That's not right? Hmm, well for the record, it's exactly what I did when my third book got kicked back for revisions of the monumental, this-is-really-a-rewrite variety. Sure I was relieved and thankful beyond words the story had skated past a flat out rejection, but let’s face it, major revisions are not fun.
You’ve nurtured this story since the moment of conception. Watched it develop from little more than a flash of inspiration… to an outline… an opening scene… and then that first precious exchange of dialog. Sweet word count. Sometimes coming easy. Though, more often hard. Growing and growing until, after what feels like a day that will never end, you hit those final key strokes -- T.H.E. E.N.D. Tenderly you tuck it in, promising to play copy edits in the morning... if it will please just go to bed and stay there.
Maybe you snuggle into the couch, but you can’t really relax, because deep down you know... the night’s not over yet. And sure enough, in no time, there it is asking for a glass of water or a stronger conflict, or a hero who’s less of an overbearing jerk and a heroine who isn’t a doormat…something else…because it’s just not really ready for bed yet.
You’re beat and frustrated, and all you want to do is shut your eyes. But you can’t ignore the request. You love this story. So it deserves your all, even when you can’t imagine what else you have to give.
I love this story that so desperately wants to be book three. But I didn’t get it right on the first go. So I’m cuddled back up on the couch with it, making the most of the long nights and giving it my all. Trying again—wish me luck!
WILD FLING OR A WEDDING RING is available as ebook now. Look for Mira's second book TABLOID AFFAIR, SECRETLY PREGANT! in October in the UK (Releasing as FRONT PAGE AFFAIR in Jan, 2011 in the US)
Come back next month for FIRST THINGS FIRST as we follow Mira's first year of publication.