After the writing comes the editing. After the editing comes the proofreading. Jedi proofreading.
What the editor will focus on, I hope, is if this scene is where the book should begin. For this book, choosing the opening has been the single most important decision I’ve had to make, and I’ve agonized.
You would think I would have learned after book four, when I mentioned with admiration a celebrity who turned out to be a double murderer, that pop culture references are usually not essential to my kind of storytelling.
in every romance novel the characters must finally choose love, but all the interim steps toward the essential trust and respect the reader must believe exists are all up to the writer.