I’ve been writing Medicals for a while now – actually, next month is the 20th anniversary of The Call (and, on the same day, my daughter’s 21st – where did that time go?). But the last Med I wrote… it’s the first book that’s gone so badly that I actually sent it in last week, not only late but with suggested revision notes!
I knew there was a problem when it took me a whole day to write what would take me an hour or two in ‘the zone’. I also knew that my characters didn’t want to talk to each other, let alone kiss each other. Nuh-uh.
The problem? The conflict! I agreed to write a reunion book. The problem with that is finding a reason for them to split up in the first that was ENOUGH of a reason, but a reason that could be overcome, say, five years later.
I didn’t get it right. (And I know it was the problem, because the one I started writing this weekend is sparkling and fun and I can’t wait to work on it.) I’ve suggested a restructure to my editor; and in the meantime I’m distracting myself with the new book and a wee bit of sewing.
I’ve said before that writing and sewing have a lot in common. This is my big ’favourite things’ sampler (220 stitches wide, 295 deep), which I finished last month (needs washing and pressing!). The border is fiddly and seemed to take for ever. That bottom layer, of slog, I wanted to do anything except sew! (Just like I wanted to do anything but write, on the last book…)
Are there any tropes that really don’t work for you, as a reader? What’s your favourite? (Mine’s friends-to-lovers – which is the one I’m writing now – followed by fake fiancee.)