Have I ever mentioned how important it is to have good writing friends?
I was working on the latest draft of Nita this morning (you all haven’t seen this one), thinking “This will never work,” and SEP e-mailed me about something, and I told her that I was worried because my heroine was drunk in the first scene, and she wrote back “Drunk heroines are fantastic! They get in all kinds of trouble that way. And you know how much I love heroines in trouble. . . . I swear to God I’m going to get on a plane and pull that frickin’ next book out of your head! Be afraid.”
So I sent her the first scene to show her I was writing and got this back:
“OH SHIT!!!!! This is absolutely the best thing you have ever written!!!! Ohmygod, I want to KILL you!!! Get out of your frickin’ head and just keep writing. I can not even remember the last time I burst out loud laughing when I read anything! And it happened more than once! This is absolutely killer. You could put this out exactly as it is right now and readers would go nuts. Yes, you absolutely could. It’s that damn good.
“Remember… Every scene doesn’t have to be this frickin’ magical. As a matter of fact, every scene shouldn’t be. If they were all like this the reader would be exhausted and scenes like this would lose their magic. Give us some breathing room, for God’s sake.”
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She is a good true friend and a great cheerleader, too.
And now I’m going back to writing Nita. I started over on the first scene, so I’ll put it up later this week so you can see how disorganized I am. Remember it’s a process, so the fact that I trash-canned the first scene I’d been writing for months is just part of that.
Also, I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips.