Last night I got power hungry. Not just a little bit either, I’m talking take over the World power hungry.
Last night my husband finished his edit on my urban fantasy manuscript. It’s probably the quickest he has ever edited a book. Which is fantastic! Because it means he loved it. Only problem now, is he wants the next one. He wants to know what happens, wants to know why a character did something and he wants to know if certain people are going to pull through.
He was talking about these characters like they lived on in his mind, he wants them to be okay, he wants them to triumph. As I sat at the dining room table, I noticed that this chapter had hardly any editing marks on it. This probably isn’t because I’m getting better at writing. I ask him. “So, ah, how was the structure, spelling mistakes and punctuation?”
He frowned and stabbed his finger on the chapter. “Who cares about spelling! Why does Azazel want to help them?”
I’m a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t care about the spelling right then either. As I listened to his questions I had a sense that I was on the right track. This man who is not a huge reader, but has edited everything I have ever written, including these blog posts, is standing in front of me demanding answers about fictional people.
How many times had I read a book and wondered what was going to happen next? When I finished the second Hunger Games book I about threw it across the room and then scoured the internet for interviews and clues about what was coming next.
I had prompted that reaction from him. I had become the gatekeeper of secrets and I felt a smug kind of satisfaction that his happiness or anger at this book was all squirreled away inside my mind. I felt like a noir villain, my fingers steepled together as I laughed manically. “Yes, you want to know what happens, mwahahaha.” Cue lighting and thunder.
I’m not putting myself up there with Suzanne Collins by any means, but it was sure nice to elicit that reaction from someone who has read my work so many times he could probably recite chapters in his sleep.
Am I the only one that gets a little power hungry over this?
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