Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Back To Work Day Two...
So. Added 104 words to Chapter One and am now determined to leave it the heck alone. Chapter Two added to the wordcount now and it's gonna need a little more work as it's one of the chapters my lovely Editor felt needed a few changes. It all comes down to a personality flaw I seem to have when it comes to my heroes. I did the same thing in the first version of One Night With The Rebel Billionaire. When the hero comes across all strong and Alpha-like, Trish apparently feels a subliminal need to soften him and justify his actions to the reader.
Must. Stop. Doing. That.
So originally, although Blake was inheriting squillions of dollars, I made him a secret millionaire to boot. It was very James Bond in places if I'm honest. My editor felt if he were less perfect, more flawed and human, he’d be a far stronger and more compelling Alpha hero. She's so on the money. But then she always is. Reading back over what I had, I can see where he's so much sexier when he's simply being who and what he is; a working guy who doesn't give a damn about the money left to him by someone he hated and who never wanted anything to do with him - the kind of guy who doesn't follow rules - who takes what he wants when he wants and doesn't answer to anyone but himself. The trick is not to try and justify that, but to make it understandable. Oooh... that's quite good... I might have to put that on a post it note and pin it to my board...
Onwards and upwards. If I can get Chapter Two sorted out then the real work will start in Chapter Three; which pretty much needs torn apart and put back together if I remember correctly. Especially since I'm pretty sure it's the chapter where I tossed in a younger half-sister for the hero to talk to so the reader could see what a great guy he was. That girl is g-o-n-e.
Meanwhile, here are a few pics of my brand new office, *almost* finished, for anyone who didn't catch them on Twitter yesterday. Ignore the junk on the bookshelf to the bottom right of the first picture (did I mention the office and my hall are filled with bathroom junk because I'm redecorating?) And yes, I do have a blind for that window. I just haven't put it up yet. Not sure I like it to be completely honest. And - not that you can see it - but outside of those windows are all my wild bird feeders. So, it's kinda like having a window into a large aviary. Distracting at times, but very calming. And sometimes amusing. Since we got MORE snow last night and have more on the way the poor babies need all the help they can get. We have WEEKS more of it ahead of us apparently. Oh joy.
Posted by Trish Wylie