I spent almost ALL day yesterday working myself up into a state trying to think of a new Modern Heat idea for my NEXT mss.
My reasoning being that one way or another - I'll need to start a new story soon. If the editor LOVES my mss and I get that elusive CALL (hey, a gal can dream), then I'll need to write another for them and another and another. If the editor doesn't think I've quite got there, then hopefully she'll be happy to look at a new submission, which means I'll need to write another.
In the past I haven't had problems coming up with characters or a cute-meet/hook to get them meeting BUT now I've learnt a lot more, I realise that isn't enough.
I need to think about conflicts, making them opposites in some ways but with things in common enough to make them fall in love, motivations, believable backstories and of course what happens between 1k and 50k.
I've got this fabulous hero I want to write and his backstory is pretty developed (it may even push those BOUNDARIES editors keep mentioning), even think I have his conflict. And I've got a gorgeous heroine who needs a little bit more developing but I can't for the LIFE OF ME work out how they meet!!!
And personally this bit is really important for me. I've been bored in a stories a lot lately cos the h&H meet in such a mundane way. So I'm getting ahead of myself and stressing!
Anyway I'm really just rambling here and letting you know that I've been working hard on my current MH sub and stressing about the next one, which is why my posts have been VERY few and far between.
Hope everyone else is too busy writing up a storm to have noticed my absence!!!