I’m happy to report that the book has been sent off and is now waiting in Ms. Editor’s inbox. Whew. There were moments in the last couple weeks when I honestly felt like the book would never be done.
So, what did I take away from this? A few things I’ve learned from my little foray into novella writing:
– Writing short may sound easy, but it’s not. Going from first meet in chapter one to love and rainbows by page 90 is nearly impossible. Climb Mount Everest if you’re looking for a challenge. Trust me; it’d be much easier than writing a novella.
– I’m never using a comma again in my life. There were SO many useless commas in that book; I must have deleted millions. From now on, it’s run on sentences for me. Who needs punctuation? So overrated.
– I must plot. Whimper. Just thinking about plotting makes me want to crawl under the covers and cry out for my mommy. But without the plot firmly nailed down, I end up wasting countless pages trying to get it right, until finally, by some miracle, I hit on something usable. No more, I tell you! Pass the index cards.
Today, I’m thinking about the next book, trying to get it all worked out in my head. In the meantime, I’ve picked up Waking Up With The Duke by Lorraine Heath. The heroine is married to a cripple who needs an heir, so he asks his cousin (the hero) to get her pregnant. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for edgy, slightly immoral plot themes and I’m dying to see how Ms. Heath pulls it off.