Sent the next round of edits back to my editor for Sleight of Hand. I’m not a big novella writer but I can see doing another in this universe because I like the characters.
Yesterday, a friend told me she loved my heroines, which is really high praise. They’re not typical at all and so sometimes I find myself having to make explanations for them. They’ve got smart mouths a lot. Sarcasm is not something you see often in romance novels. But I can’t help it. I suppose it’s because my characters have a bit of me in them. I know, you’re all shocked to hear I’m sarcastic, and all. But I like that. I like that they carry a part of me.
I bring this up because there’s a scene in SOH where Lissie and Stryker are having a discussion and she looks back over her shoulder at him and says, “hardy har har” about something. My editor hates this but it’s totally something she’d say (Lissie that is). In another scene she’s thinking about him and uses “heh” at the end of her thought. My editor says that makes her sound weak, but it’s not that kind of heh, it’s the sex heh, you know the one.
Anyway, it’s always good to have to explain yourself to an editor, it makes you a better writer. Because if you can’t explain yourself, she’s right, LOL.
February 11th, 2006 at 6:40 pm · Link
Yay on getting edits back. LOL yeah, explaining things to editors does improve the writing.
February 11th, 2006 at 10:25 pm · Link
The best part is when they accept your explanation and move on, LOL. It’s like, “Whew! Thank God.”