Jackie is Climbing the Mountain

Chapters 2 and 3 are now in the hands of the editor. So is my sorry excuse for a synopsis. I’m not very good at them I’ve decided. I hope it was better than my last one – I think it is. I concentrated entirely on the emotional growth of the romance with barely any external stuff going on, so that’s the important thing. It’s going to be quite an emotionally complicated story though I think. The heroine is thinking her problem with the hero will be one thing, but really that’s just a cover for something that’s going on underneath. There will be a deeper issue for her that she refuses to see until it all goes horribly wrong. Hmmm, usually it’s my heroes who get the complicated stuff. Not this time apparently.

Anyway, the one good thing I do know is that the editor liked the conflict. She thought it was realistic, consistent and believable. Big yays for me. Apart from the fact that the emotional barriers are quite large ones. Not so big yays.

Which brings me to the part about the mountain. I’m feeling now I’m at the bottom of it and it’s a very long way to the top. If the ed wants more, I have to write the rest of the story and that’s feeling like a mammoth task. Maybe the pressure’s getting to me, I don’t know. Maybe I just need to start writing and get myself enthused. Maybe I need to refill the well a little.

Whatever it is, I’m going to leave you with a personal favourite video of mine (courtesy of Miss Maisey Yates). Please note that I actually do not want to make love to the mountain (unless it looks a lot like my hero in which case I could be persuaded).

BTW, if you want to know more about the Modern Heat winner of the last Mills and Boon contest, visit www.sevensassysisters.com. Miss Jilly Aston is in the house.

18 thoughts on “Jackie is Climbing the Mountain”

  1. Yes, Jackie!! That was what I thought of when I saw the blog title.

    Why do we climb the mountain? Because we’re in love. πŸ˜€

    And you can do this! You’ve got this! I believe!!!

  2. Well, that’s true too. :-/ I know about that. I still do, even now that I’m ‘in’ so to speak. It’s just something you have to learn to power through. I’m hoping one day I’ll learn to trust my instincts. It will make me much less twitchy.

  3. Yeah, too true. Nothing you can do about the doubts. I suppose I wouldn’t still be submitting if I’d let them get the better of me. And at the most basic level, my instincts tell me what to write and at least some that isn’t bad eh? You should definitely be trusting yours!

  4. She liked the conflict! Huge yay, massive yay! I think that gets you a little above the bottom of the mountain, pass go and collect $200 ;).

    It’s easy to let the pressure get to you. I’m better when I’m in my little bubble, completely unaware of how many other people are trying to get published (the report on the television about how more and more mum’s are writing did not help this lol).

    You can do it! Do you have an approximate wait time for feedback on ch 2 and 3?

  5. Lacey – yeah, I should be glad re the conflict. That’s a HUGE thing to get right. Just hope I can pull it off over the rest of the story.
    I know what you mean about the bubble though! I feel a bit that way sometimes.
    No approximate wait time. Ed told me she’d get to it as soon as she could. However long that is!

  6. Jackie. Got some good news for you – minxes are having a guest editor on next Friday to explain how to write the perfect synopsis! Yay! Hopefully that’s one problem sorted then.

  7. Rach – so do I! And right back at ya!

    Sally – that sounds cool! Pity I’ve already sent in my synopsis. πŸ˜‰ Ah well, I’ll be sure to check out the site. Thanks!

  8. Jackie, LOVE the video. Have a special place in my heart for William Shatner. I’m a die hard trekkie and that video is soooo James Tiberius Kirk!

    Good luck with the sub of the first three chapters and your synopsis. Hope the wait is short. And I KNOW the news will be good!

    Amy Strnad

  9. Amy – I like it too! Envelope that mountain! Almost as good as his ‘songs’. πŸ™‚
    Hope you’re right re the news. And I’m crossing fingers for your revisions!

  10. Hey Jackie! She loves your conflict? That’s huge. You can do it, you know you can. It sounds as if you need to recharge some and get the spark back for the story, but go you!!

  11. Lorraine – cheers lovie!

    Kaily – yeah, I was pretty rapt about the conflict stuff. Could mean I actually know a little about what I’m doing!

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