Hey everyone, back again from holiday. But unfortunately coming back to a bit of a downer so excuse the ranty post. Heard from the ed while I was away and although it was a very nice, long email, it was full of all the things I’m doing wrong and not much about what I’m doing right. And actually, not sure there’s anything I’m doing right at the moment. My major problem seems to be characters that aren’t instantly understandable and relateable, and thus are unsympathetic. Big yays for me.
I seem to like characters that act too much like real people, with all their sad, stupid flaws, rather than aspirational characters that are flawed but ultimately act in more sympathetic ways than real people ever do. This is not bad, by the way, simply one of the requirements of the genre. Because, really, when you read romance, you do not want to read about everyday people being dumb. You want to read about fundatmentally good people who come to see the error of their ways and do the right thing in the end. Not that my characters don’t do that, it’s just they’re not as instantly understandable as the category requires.
So, here I am, working on my synopsis for my next sub, wondering if I’ve made my characters too complicated again, whether they’re instantly understandable, whether they’re acting in extreme ways, is there too much sexual tension, is there not enough, is this even worth submitting because it’s obviously a huge load of crap… Should I give up this stupid writing thing and take up macrame instead.
Sigh. I should add that in fact, there was one thing I’m okay at and that seems to be emotional scenes. Though since they don’t tend to come along until a bit later in the story and as I’ve had two partials rejected, I haven’t even had a chance to show those off of late either.
So there you have it. Welcome home, Jackie.
And no, there was no mention of my NV entry. Everyone else seemed to like it so I’m not sure what the problem with it was. No doubt something I haven’t even scratched the surface of yet, that will lead to undiscovered new territories of rejection potential…