Go with Where the Energy Is
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Love in the Third Degree.
I canâ€™t believe how fast this new book is going. Itâ€™s the most narrative thing Iâ€™ve ever written. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s boring, but thereâ€™s definitely a lot of telling going on without lots of pithy dialogue, though the pithy dialogue starts at Chapter Two. Itâ€™s introspective and dark, more â€œrevelationâ€ than â€œplot.â€ Yet itâ€™s full of twists and turns and lessons and deep emotion and…catharsis.
This is absolutely the moment to write this book. It has to be now. Not when Iâ€™m done with my current project, but now. I think Iâ€™ll easily be finished in a few weeks. Itâ€™s one of those â€œopen any veinâ€ books.
It has all that usual â€œnew manuscriptâ€ excitement. Iâ€™ve had this before, especially with various book proposals I wrote for various NYC publishers. The smart thing back then was plot a book, develop characters, and write 3 chapters and a synopsis of whatever I was terribly excited about. Then ship it off to NYC and wait for weeks…usually many months…sometimes well over a year.
By the time I heard back, the excitement was long gone. Iâ€™d have to pump up those old feelings and try to revive my old romance with the story. I think it was Vicki Hinze who used to say that it was like taking your characters for a test drive. I somehow always thought of people who took their unwanted pets for a drive in the countryside and put them out in the dark to wait to see if anyone would want them. I felt I was leaving my characters and story out there in the middle of nowhere, alone, abandoned, but with the possibility that I might come back for them.
Even though it made good business sense to write â€œpartialsâ€ because that way you didnâ€™t invest too much time in a book that didnâ€™t fit the current market, I hated it. I hated getting excited about the story and then having to shelve it, sometimes for years.
But itâ€™s amazing how fast you can writeâ€”or do anything elseâ€”when you have the force of that energy behind you, like a firehose to propel you through the story. This feels like riding the energy, and Iâ€™m taking advantage of it while itâ€™s here rather than chide myself about what I â€œshouldâ€ be working on.
Iâ€™m following the excitement because the excitement factor is a force multiplier unlike any other.