The Heroine Addicts

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Back what seemed a million years ago, at the fabulous RNA Conference in Greenwich, a group of us decided, after having consumed some rather large quantities of white wine, that we should do a group blog together.

Well, the resolution lasted longer than the hangovers, and that group blog is The Heroine Addicts, in which writers Susanna Kearsley, Anna Louise Lucia, Brigid Coady, Christina Courtenay, Liz Fenwick and I write about various aspects of writing, romance, and heroineism.

I’m posting today for the first time, about why not being perfect isn’t so bad—a topic that’s on my mind a lot right now, as I’m trying to whip this messy manuscript into shape.

My progress on that, by the way—I’ve decided to trash chapters four through six, and lots of chapter seven, and right now I’m writing what’s going to go there instead. 3000 words yesterday, and hopefully 1000 today. It’s easier to write these new scenes, I think, as I’m done with all the inventing, and it’s just fitting stuff in. Right now my heroine is doing a jigsaw puzzle. Yes, it’s action-packed!!

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  1. I read (I think it was Nell Dixon’s Blog) something that made total sense to me as an aspiring writer… Writers are like artists and fall into one of two catagories. The Watercolourists who write the whole book from start to finish and then go back and ‘colour/paint in’ the bits missing. Oil painters slap it all on and then go back and scrape off the scenes etc they don’t need. Think I’m mostly an oil painter with bits of watercolouring going on, too. Which are you, Julie ?

  2. Probably a watercolourist. I don’t have a clue about the end of the book until I’m 2/3 of the way through, and I find my imagination works better if I layer it in. So draft 1 is a bit sketchy in places and I have to fill it in.

    Interesting analogy, Lizzie! How can you be both oil and watercolour?

  3. Oh I miss jigsaw puzzles. I just need a little more time in the day…

    Well at least when I read this one there heroine gets to do one lol

  4. Interesting analogy, Lizzie! As someone who always madly over-writes, I suppose I’m an oil painter: I quite often take out scenes as I’m writing and usually have to cut chunks at the end.

    With watercolours, a degree of planning is required, is it not? Or am I the only one who sketches and paints bit by bit? Either way, I can’t plan at all with writing.

    If only my art teacher at school had been more forthcoming on watercolours (like, how to paint them) or oil painting (like, actually letting us do some) I might be able to stretch the metaphor!

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