Friday, October 26, 2007

Forever Revising?

I know, without doubt, when I've got a good cup of coffee.

The moment it hits the palette and the smoothness of the coffee and cream glide down my throat, I'm satisfied and there's nothing better to me.

You could apply this to tea or any beverage of choice.

So why do I struggle when it comes to my characters?

Is my heroine's past too tortured? Is my hero likable or coming across as a jerk? How much pain can one hero/heroine endure while keeping it real? Or does it really matter in a Romance novel as long as the hero and heroine live happily ever after at the end?

I'm a reader that gets involved, enthralled, with my characters. If I really like a good book, then I'm going to let little get in the way of finishing that book to completion just so I can have the satisfaction of that happy ending.

As a writer, I'm much better with back story than I am with a current scene. Its beat into our brains: Start your story at the height of the conflict for your character, at the pinnacle of their life changing moment.

That's where I go back, then go back again, and one more time, think - Did I accomplish that?

I'm the queen of back story. I'd love to write a book with nothing but back story, but the problem is the drama of the past may slow and I may lose the reader. So, I adhere to the path I've placed myself on, learning from other experienced writers, editors and agents, gleaning information from anyone who'll write a book, article or will post it on their blog.

So what about you? When do you know when you're character is acting the way you've fully intended - concerning the smallest detail? When is it time to hit "save" for the last time, and then "print" to send your novel into the world?

Or are we, as writers, forever revising, always seeing something else we can change?


  1. Christy,
    Maybe your back story could be the current story? You never know. I guess I just get too tired of looking at and reading about these people and I'm ready to not see them again for a while.
    But that's after quite a few revisions.
    Hang in there, don't lose your voice, and I know you are going to sell a book. I have no doubts in my mind.

  2. Thanks Lindi,
    You're a wonderful cheerleader!