7 Pleasures of Writing

1. Games of Free Cell are much more satisfying when you’re only allowed one game, and then you have to start writing.

2. When you’re feeling the urge to be a hermit, writing is the perfect excuse.

3. When writing is going really well, and often even when it isn’t, it can be like a little, cozy cave where it’s just you and your imagination. I call it “the happy place.”

4. Finishing something—a short story, a novel—is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. It’s even more satisfying if you print the whole thing out and then drop it from a height to get a very satisfactory thump.

5. Revising can be very satisfying, too. Each stroke of the red pen is like ripping off a scab.

6. Starting something new is also one of the best feelings in the world. It’s all blue skies and possibility.

7. Once you’ve sold a story, no one can take that back. From then on, you are always a professional writer.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.