As I'm writing away on my latest book (due July 15), I spend a lot of time agonizing over whether it's too dark, or romantic enough, or if the story is engaging. Have I put enough suspense? Romance?
I worry and rewrite and actually have to force myself to go forward or I'll never make deadline. And this book will be my 47th published book!
I suspect if I asked my fellow writers, I'd learn I was not alone. It should get easier, right? You'd think by now I'd have this writing gig down pat. Hah! I keep telling myself if a book is this difficult to write, it's bound to be good. At least, that's how I soothe my critical inner editor.
What's interesting to me is how non-writers perceive the writing process. People think we just sit down and dash off these "little romances", with no clue as to character building, choosing the right words, etc. Writing is pretty darn hard, I tell you. But there are days when I get lost in the world, when I forget about making sure I haven't repeated the same word twice on the page (that's what editing is for.) And those days, along with when the book is finally finishes and I release I don't want to leave this world I've created, make me realize how much I love writing.
I have a book coming out July 1st and just received my first review. It tickled me and made me happy. I hope the readers enjoy it as much as the reviewer did.
Here's a link to the review of Tempting the Dragon. https://readinginpajamas.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/harlequin-summer-reading-review-tempting-the-dragon-by-karen-whiddon/