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. 🙂