I like using clichés. I like to take a cliché and then flip it on its head. So then the reader thinks, oh, I know how this goes, but when it doesn’t, it’s a surprise. In other words, the set up might be common, but the way the characters react are not.
This *is* a risk, because the trigger-happy reader might stop reading, assuming the worst. Then again, writing a book without taking risks kind of bores me.
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Letting the stew simmer. Sometimes it’s tempting to rush a book and put it out as fast as you can. And I’m not saying that can’t be done. The Hook Up took me about 4 weeks to write (the rough draft, that is.) Which is very fast for most authors.
I put it aside for a while and let it simmer. This gave me the chance to think about the story, the characters, and what it all meant. This gave me a chance to add more to the story, kind of like finishing touches.
Here are a few lines that I added last minute, after letting the stew thicken.
–He’s slowly carving his name into my heart. And it hurts. I want to curl over him and shelter him with my body.–
–Drew presses my hand against his sweaty chest where his heart still beats a fierce rhythm. His voice is whisper-quiet but crystal clear. “My world lives in your palm, Anna.”
And I’ll fill it with all the love I have.–
–I press my lips against his temple. “You’re wrong about one thing. Football doesn’t make you. You make football.”
He grunts in wry disagreement, and I shake my head, brushing my lips over his ear. “Anyone can pick up a ball and throw it. But you? You turn the act into something magical. Something wonderful.”–
So yes, you can rush a book. But sometimes it’s best not to.