No, no, I’m not talking about my editor at Leisure Books. Leah is sharp, insightful and a jewel to work with.
I’m talking about the cast iron witch who makes me doubt my every idea, who whispers that my premise is unworkable, who tells me to tear up what I wrote yesterday, redo the secondary plot and while I’m at it, why not turn the whole story into a paranormal/chicklit/suspense/category/erotic inspirational because they’re so darn hot right now?
See why I’m homicidal? That’s right. I want to kill the editor who lives in my head.
She’s never satisfied. She makes me rethink every sentence, every word choice, because there’s always a better way to tell the story. The infuriating thing is, she’s usually right, but my internal editor’s constant interference slows my writing to a crawl. Sometimes, a backward crawl.
It probably doesn’t help that I was catching up with a writing friend last week who told me she recently had a 70 page writing day! While I was scraping my chin from the floor, she went on to say that she finished her entire 400 page manuscript in 16 mortal days!
Any day I exceed 10 pages, it’s time to alert the media.
It’s a good thing she’s my friend or I’d snatch her bald-headed.
Do I suffer from writer’s block? No, I don’t think so. I know my characters. I know my plot points. I know what needs to happen next. The story is there, locked safely in my head in all its glory.
I think I suffer from “word constipation.” For some writers (like my highly prolific friend), words flow like water from a tap, gushing freely. I, on the other hand, get stuck priming the rusty pump, because my internal editor pulls me back to correct or re-write or slash and burn.
I know it’s possible to quiet the editor. I’ve had a few days when I was “in the zone.” I filled pages with ease. I couldn’t put a word wrong. But those times have been few and even then, 16 pages in a day is my personal best.
If I’m honest, I’ll admit I don’t really want to kill my internal editor. I need her when it’s time for polishing. But how do I get her to kick back and have a mojito while I’m trying to push the story forward?
And now I’d like to share a few early reviews about one of my stories that’s finished (yeah, yeah, thanks in large part to my irritating internal editor!). VEXING THE VISCOUNT will hit the bookstore shelves on February 24th!
“Emily Bryan has done it yet again. Vexing the Viscount is a grand romp that anyone that loves a fun romance will not want to miss! Daisy Drake is not your conventional young English Miss, and after all who would be when one was raised by Pirates! Now if that alone doesn’t wet your appetite, throw in the hunt for an ancient Roman treasure and a masquerade as a famous French Courtesan, and a darkly handsome Viscount and how could one possibly pass this one up?”
~NightOwl Romance Reviews Top Pick!
“Emily Bryan's Vexing the Viscount is not your ordinary historical romance. It's fresh, well written and chalked full of the unexpected, the spectacular, and the intriguing. If you're not drawn in by the heroine and her fiesty nature in the first few pages, you're obviously not a true historical romance fan.”
“One of the most wickedly fun reads I have had in quite some time. Terrific!”
~Detra Fitch—Huntress Reviews
Thanks so much for having me here at KillerFiction! I love this blog and all the wildly inventive authors who are regular contributors (especially Christie Craig, who recently tried to help me bust my stitches after my December surgery by sending me her insanely funny DIVORCED, DESPERATE & DATING!) I appreciate the chance to visit with your readers. And I’d also like to give away a copy of VEXING THE VISCOUNT to someone who leaves a comment or question here today. And please check back tomorrow to see if YOU are the winner.