|Sailing away from Pylos, Greece - Photo by Ann Kopchik|
Yup. I sold my erotic paranormal romance to Loose Id. My story is about a grieving sculptor who meets a forest fae while on a trans-Atlantic cruise. So what's a forest fae doing on a big boat in the middle of the ocean? Hunting vampires, of course.
Anyway, so there's a bit of news.
I just finished my first round of revisions with my editor and have learned something:
Less is not always more.
Good action scenes (and like it or not, love scenes are action scenes) need to have three components: the actions of the characters, what the character is feeling physically, and the emotions of the character.
I had a very bad habit with this novel of describing only the physical actions of the characters and skimping out on the feeling and emotional aspects. Which, you know, is why we read books rather than watch TV or movies. Books let you crawl into the head of a character the way visual media can't.
So, despite also cutting out a bunch of things from my manuscript, I also added nearly 3,000 words.
The odd thing is that I know this. As an editor, I push for it with my authors. Show me more. Give me more emotion (especially with heroes). Let me know what is happening in their head, what they feel.
But as a writer, I get blinded a
Except that unless it's in the words, it's not. The reader only has the words. They don't have the direct link to the writer's brain.
So sometimes less isn't more.