Distracting Myself From Pressing Send

It’s subbing eve. Soon I will have two stories out there. Soon I’ll be back on that big ‘ole rollercoaster, viewing my inbox with trepidation, nay with horror. But what’s a girl to do?

I had two really great pieces of advice when I confessed my subbing fear at the Auckland chapter group meeting last week. The first from the lovely Nalini Singh (namedrop, namedrop) who suggested getting out all the lovely things people have told me about my writing from contests etc and re-reading them. The second was from the also very lovely Yvonne Lindsay (more namedropping) who asked me whether I thought people deserved to read my stories. And my gut feeling was….hell yes!

Anyway, to distract myself from subbing fear, I am reading a book called One Day by David Nicholls. Not only is it a romance it is also awesome. At least so far – I haven’t finished it yet. It charts the relationship of two people over the space of twenty years by concentrating on one day every year. So far the two protagonists are best friends (they start off as lovers) and as friends-to-lovers is my favourite trope in the whole wide world, I am loving it!

In fact, it’s the story I wanted to write back when I was still a baby writer. In fact, I did kind of write it. Before I decided to concentrate on publication, the last story I wrote was a friends to lovers story over the space of twenty years. Coincidence? I think not!
However sadly the twist of writing one day every year didn’t occur to me. And I suck at literary writing. And although I loved writing it and still adore the characters, there was SO much wrong with it it’s not funny. For a start it’s over 300k long. Then there’s the fact that the heroine had no conflict. The hero did though I didn’t explore it. There’s also infidelity (hero/heroine), mountain climbing, a threesome (hero), drug taking (hero), lots of cussing, almost rape (heroine), overdoses (heroine plus others), ectopic pregnancy (heroine) and death by pulmonary embolism.

It was awesome.

Perhaps I should get it out, polish it up and send that out too. 🙂

16 thoughts on “Distracting Myself From Pressing Send”

  1. Best of luck on the sub, Jackie… Go on push that button and send it soaring.

    I started One Day last night and am veering between being thoroughly engrossed and eaten up with jealousy that I didn’t come up with that idea either… But then again, I wouldn’t have written it as well as Mr Nichols. Great concepts are brilliant selling points right (Cowboys and Aliens anyone??), but in the end it’s always the writing and the characters (and Daniel Craig’s gorgeous tush) that pull you into the story — and Nichols has aced this. I’m told the film’s crap by my son, but then he’s hardly a romance conoisseur so I haven’t given up hope yet.

    H x

  2. All the best on the sub, Jax! Like ripping off a bandaid, I think it’s best if you just squeeze your eyes shut and hit SEND. Then it’s over anyway 🙂

  3. Heidi – thank you! Yeah, I know re Day One. I’m loving it. Probably because it’s squarely in my demographic. 🙂 A film huh? When it gets to NZ, must go along and see it. Or not depending on my feelings on the book!

    Aimee – thanks m’dear!!

    Rach – it’s a pretty good book. And thanks for the good lucks!

    Scarlet – Thanks honey! Oh and okay re One Day. Why do I get the feeling it’s not going to end well?

    Julia – thank you!!

    Ju – that’s excellent advice. Will do!

  4. Happy subbing day Jackie! Am hoping, nay EXPECTING good news for you soon.

    One Day – oh how I loved it, but i’m with Scarlet. Read the end and then we’ll talk again. lol!

    Jo
    x

  5. LOL. Jackie, your epic novel sounds epic indeed. Why didn’t you add a car chase? Are there not car chases in Lit Fic?

    Congrats on hitting send. Am on hand to do goofy dances if you need distraction…

  6. Maisey – it wasn’t really lit fic but a car chase would have been awesome! Though it would add another 20k in all probablity. 🙂
    Yep, goofy dances are exactly what’s needed right now.

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