We’re almost ready to publish our first novel. I must say, writing is hard. I certainly respected anyone who could write a book before, but now that I’ve done it myself, I bow down in supplication. Many writers I work with say that editing is hard; I find editing easy. It’s the writing that’s hard.
I will say that there are certain types of scenes I discovered were more fun than others. Action scenes were fun. I was filled with trepidation about writing my first sex scene, but once it was done, I was actually pretty happy with it. However, for authors of erotica, I take my hat off to you. How you manage to write several sex scenes and keep them fresh and exciting is a true talent. I mean, let’s face it. Sex is sex. It’s pretty much the same thing, just with minor differences. Being able to keep your readers engaged speaks volumes.
And while I don’t bat an eye at editing swear words, as I was writing, I found myself hoping my mother wouldn’t read what I’d written. I don’t use a lot of swear words in real life, but I did add a few here and there in the book where they seemed warranted. Do the rest of you worry about that? Maybe it’s a first novel type of thing.
Anyway, I want to tell all you writers out there that I understand what you have gone through to create your book. The long hours. The characters that seem to run away with a scene. The long nights trying to solve an obstacle that has stopped the story cold. You’re all awesome.