MY Work

PLOT, PLOt, PLot, Plot…plot…

I read somewhere that plot is the last thing a writer learns…And the hardest.

You know like those old Chinese films–Kungfu Theater–how many of us are old enough to remember that???? BTW–I used to LOVE it!

So–in some storylines the hero has all the goods but needs to take the journey to reach the pinnacle of his ability to prepare for the fight of his life…

While off training he pushes his body to the extreme and his mind to new heights–he conquers his weaknesses and acquires new strengths…

The Journey…

I credit an Esquire editor for sending me on that journey back in 2000 or 2001…. I used to keep his rejection slip in my files–I’ve since lost it because of the many moves… but maybe not–I should try looking for it again.

This editor scribbled his or her name so I couldn’t make it out but this person told me I had great characterization and dialog but should sacrafice some of it for the sake of plot..

So I didn’t get mad, hurt or defensive—that’s not my style…

No… not when one seeks excellence… deaf ears by those who can hear belong to the dumb.

I took the journey.

7 years on that journey–and I promise you it was the LAST year, which I FINALLY got it….

Sighhh… it was a long arduous road…

Z.L. Arkadie is an indie author of romance fiction. So far she has published three book series: Parched (Paranormal Romance), LOVE in the USA (Contemporary Romance) and The Sexy Series (Contemporary Romance co-written with T.R. Bertrand). Z.L. doesn't write your average romance. Her books are edgy--characters break all the "rules" and happy endings don't come easy.