Anyone who thinks it’s possible to just sit down and bang out a story, even a bangin’ story, is sadly mistaken. It takes time to get to know the story, to flesh out the characters. And if you’re a by the seat of the pants writer like I am, that means a tremendous amount of rewrites along the way.
My biggest challenge by far is to write a confident, assertive, energetic heroine. I’ve never been confident, struggle with assertion (kinda goes with the confidence thing), and I’m an admitted couch potato. Oh, and did I mention that the hero I’m currently trying to flesh out is a mere 2.5 years younger than my oldest son? And the heroine is my age? That doesn’t help.
Truth is, I’ve been working on this story for quite some time, and I’m pretty sure my editor and crit partners don't think it will ever be finished. I’d agree, except for one thing. I’ve passed the point of no return. I love the characters, and I think they’ll find their way into the reader’s heart as well.
So I’m going to persevere on this one. I’m invested. I’m confident. I’m asserting that I’m going to park my ass on the couch and get this puppy finished.