As I’m about to embark on a writing a new novel, the fifth in my Amish Hearts series for Love Inspired, I’ve been thinking about what my favorite part of the process is.
What I like:
• Getting the idea. Nothing’s more exciting that coming up with that kernel of a story at the beginning when almost anything is possible and nothing is carved in stone yet.
• Having the characters appear in my mind and begin “talking” me about themselves and each other and the story they want.
• Writing the proposal...or most of it. See “What I don’t like” below.
• Receiving feedback from my editor. Sometimes she likes what she sees; sometimes she doesn’t. That’s okay. I love having someone else help me see the tree amidst the forest and honing in on the hook and the conflict and depths of the characters that I need to delve into further.
• Being offered a contract. Okay, that’s a duh, I know.
• An epiphany moment. That moment after banging my head against the computer screen as I work the middle muddles of the book when everything becomes crystal clear. This usually happens when I’m in the shower or driving the car. Actually it happens anywhere where my mind is involved with other issues and I don’t have any way to write down my new insight.
• Spending time with my characters until the first draft is done.
• Revising and honing the final draft.
• Seeing the cover. I don’t know about anyone else, but this always feels like a gift to me from my publisher.
• Opening the box of author copies that arrive on my front porch. See Pamela Tracy’s blog post about getting author copies to know what I mean. She said it so well...though I can’t convince my cat to read my books. She’s more fond of the labels on cat food cans.
What I dislike:
• Waiting to hear back on a project. After over 100 titles, you’d think I’d be used to this by now. I am used to it, but that doesn’t mean I like it.
• Waiting...Did I mention that?