Well, I did think I would do a few more posts than this but my inspiration to write continues to go up and down like a lady of the night’s underpants. Plus, my direction and confidence are wavering all over the place. It’s frustrating. The worst part is not having anything else out there. If you haven’t got anything on submission, it’s like there isn’t any hope and I hate that.
I do actually have a good many finished mss all stacked up on my harddrive but they all suffer from the same problem – chronic lack of coherent conflict. Yes, it’s a medical condition. Incurable. Or given that the course of treatment is rewriting them completely, pretty much incurable. Am I being too hard on myself about them? Possibly. But I don’t want to send anything that I’m not happy with. True, I’ll always have doubts with whatever I send, but when I can see glaring faults, I just can’t do it.
So what I’m left with is starting something new or rewriting. And at the moment, I am too daunted to do either. It all feels too hard. Especially writing plain old contemporary romance. Category makes this easy because that’s all they publish. But if you don’t write category or paranormal, or urban fantasy, or steampunk, or erotica, or suspense, how do you make your contemporary romance different to eveyone elses? Do publishers even want plain old contemporary, internal conflict driven romance? Or do you have to put a spin on it?
Sigh. Some days it’s easier just to take to one’s bed and eat chocolate. Happy Easter everyone.