I’m the sort of person that always has a lot of balls in the air – I write, I run my own business, I edit… I’m often ask how I do it all. The simple answer is: I have to. In terms of the editing and the running of the business, I need the money to live. And the writing, well, I do that because I love it. As I’m sure my fellow Dirty Birdies will agree, writing’s not something you do because you feel like it. It’s because you love it, because you have to. Because it’s damn hard at times, and sometimes there’s very little reward.
Which brings me neatly onto taking on new challenges. This is what writing is all about for me – each new project is a new challenge. Whether it’s in a new genre, whether the story itself is challenging, whether I need to do a lot of research before I start, whether the book is linked to another I’ve written… you get the idea.
Yes, some days writing is easier than other days, but it’s always a challenge, I feel. You have to get your backside in the chair, your fingers on the keyboard and all that stuff out of your head and onto the page. Occasionally it’ll just flow, with not too much effort. Other times it’s a slow process. But, for me, it’s always, always satisfying, because I know eventually I’ll get to the end, and I’ll have a finished product. Not necessarily finished as in it can be sent to a publisher or editor, but having a tale down from beginning to end. Then it can be polished, expanded, cut, whatever’s necessary to make it shine. And therein is the next challenge!
This isn’t a complaint, though. Far from it – I’ve always been the type of person to rise to a challenge. Perhaps if writing was easy, I’d get bored of it. Currently, though, I can’t see that happening. I’m always looking for the next thing to work on, the next genre to tackle, the next character to fall in love with, to hope readers fall in love with… it’s a never ending cycle, and I love it 🙂 I wouldn’t do it otherwise.
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9