Best Beloved has been patiently listening as I rummage through piles of notes, paper and digital, to list every single task left to get Anodyne ready for my editor. Once that’s done, I estimate the level of time and effort for each, we lay out a work plan for all the tasks, and I go to work.
Minor excitement on Sunday: Isaac Ransom called. Isaac hired me when I finished school, taught me how to make a living as an accountant. Not just how to get paid, how to put something in the bank so later when you turned your whole life upside down you could still afford a classy loft in a ritzy neighborhood.
“Heard you were back on the market, Jess.”
“Heard where?” I knew better than to ask, but maybe he’d softened in his old age.
“Around. Sure. Anyway, not sure what market I’m back on, Izzy.”
Even after I tuck in the remaining elements of the B story I’m having fun with, it won’t be much more than that.
Editing usually reduces word count. I’m verbose by nature. Tom calls me on it every time.
Driving 4,950 miles makes for plenty of writing time if you want it to. Best Beloved and I spent a few hours writing smells, sounds, and other sensory whatnots for anodyne, the first Jesse Donovan book.
When I started writing I made a classic beginner’s mistake: my first three male leads were all the same and they were all me. This is where it’s good to have an editor willing to say “Maybe people would like to read about someone else for a change?”
Prompted me to interview Web, Phil, and Jesse to see who they really were.
Could have it in hand by the end of next week.
First book in a new series, featuring artsy romantic Jesse Donovan, is picking up momentum. Next month’s newsletter will include first drafts of two critical scenes from the B plot, plus a Q&A with myself about moving it forward, fixing the holes, and making it fly.
Writing is the easiest thing and the hardest work I’ve ever done.