It has, however, been a slow week as far as actual writing is concerned. Or should I say, another slow week. Not a wasted week though. Just because I haven't managed to write a shed-load of words, it doesn't mean to say that I haven't been working on the book in other ways. I've been researching characters, managed to bag myself a bit of time over at Sunderland's ground, the Stadium of Light, next week for some research inside a real football club, and the cover is taking shape. I'm planning a cover reveal before Christmas, so, for those of you who are interested, watch this space.
I'm still hoping to have the first draft done by Christmas, with an early (ish) 2013 release for the finished book scheduled. But we'll see how things go. I'm not rushing anything, and I don't want this book seeing the light of day until I'm happy with it. I was going to say completely happy with it, but I'm never completely happy with anything. I could edit and re-edit until the cows come home and I still wouldn't be completely happy. But you know what I mean.
Am I enjoying writing this new book? Yeah. I am. I haven't enjoyed writing a book so much since I wrote No Matter What, because that's the genre in which I feel most comfortable. And it's taken me long enough to find that out, so, despite the fact I have dabbled with comedy in my rom coms Too Much Trouble in Paradise and Bon Voyage, it may be a while before I venture into that territory again. They were fun to write, but I'm just way more comfortable with the more edgy side of romance. I've got no idea why, I just am. And, as far as I'm concerned, one of the main rules of writing is write what makes you feel comfortable, not what you think people want to read. Because you can't possibly work that out. All I know is, I can't do "sweet" romance. I can't do it. It just isn't in me. Now, maybe that's because I'm quite a cynical person, I don't know, but most of my female characters do seem to have a bit of attitude, which doesn't always make them popular with readers, but that's the way I write them. That's my style. I also like to pepper these more edgy romances with the odd sex scene or three! Just for the hell of it? No, not really. I have struggled with the question of how much is too much though, with regard to sex in books. I know some people prefer not to know exactly what goes on once characters get to the bedroom (or wherever they happen to be doing the deed). Some people prefer to have some things left to the imagination, and sometimes I'll do that. But sometimes I won't. It does make for quite a confusing time during the editing process though - what to leave in, what to take out, what's necessary and what isn't. For instance, I cut out quite a few sex scenes in No Matter What because people who'd done an initial read-through for me had said they thought there were too many, only for others to read the finished book and say they would have liked more! The same thing happened with my rock-star romance See You At The Show - a few people said it would have benefited from more sex. After all, Mark Cassidy was a drop-dead-gorgeous rock star in that book, and he certainly made the most of it. Seems he could have made a lot more of it though! ;)
|Too much sex in this rock-star romance? Or not enough...?|
|I'm off to buy a few of these this weekend.|
Right, I'd better sign off and get back to this new book of mine then. I've given myself a little (and very achievable) target of hitting the halfway point by the end of next week, so I'd better get a shift on...
Have a lovely weekend, whatever you've got planned! :)