Guest Author J.K. Coi

Please welcome guest author J.K. Coi to the Cafe.

First, let me say thank you to the group here for letting me blog with you! I’ve been in the writing cave for what feels like…well, forever, so I forget what it’s like to interact with other authors, or even just people who actually speak words that I haven’t personally typed onto the page for them to say.

And since I’ve been in the writer’s cave for so long, let me just tell you all something…


Now I’m pretty darn sure if you’ve written more than one book, then you already know this. But I remember when I wrote my very first book – which wasn’t a contemporary romance, but an angst-driven paranormal that I’d gotten fired up to write after bingeing on the BDB series – and the way it flowed so easily.

I wrote thousands of words per day, and that was when I was just giving it an hour or so a night after the day job, and when I was done I was so convinced it was perfect.

Now, it totally wasn’t, and I did a lot of revisions and editing on that first book…and all the ones that followed. I learned a lot with each revision, too.

And then the books began to get progressively more difficult to write. The flow that had felt so amazing that first time around wasn’t there anymore. Every word was analyzed, then deleted, then put back in, then used as some form of contraction, then deleted again…and so it went.

Many writers go through this. It’s called the “inner editor” and you know she’s awakened when the clueless bliss of writing wears off and you realize how many rules there really are. I got stuck with the inner editor big time, and it stopped me to the point where I didn’t think I could finish another book. The ones I did finish all felt like crap, and I spent so much time revising them until I’d revised the magic right out of them.

But I kept plugging away at it because I wanted to reclaim that feeling I had in the beginning, and eventually I learned to balance the craft of writing with the passion and urgency of writing. I learned to soften the inner editor (although I still can’t really turn her off completely) and be in the moment enough so that I can get the words on the page and worry about fixing them later.

Writing is a joy again, and I love to share my words and my experiences with others!

J.K. Coi

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J.K. Coi writes steamy contemporary romances and dark paranormal romances with characters that leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.


In Bed with the Competition coverThis rivalry is too hot for the tropics…

Elizabeth Carlson and Ben Harrison used to be friends, coworkers… and almost lovers. But that was before Ben proposed mixing business with pleasure. Elizabeth refuses to lose her heart to a hotshot tycoon with a cutthroat, take-no-prisoners attitude. Not with the prospect of starting her own company at stake.

Driven to succeed in all areas of his life, Ben couldn’t resist the temptation to make Liz his. But then she walked away, igniting a bitter rivalry. Competing for the same contract at a Caribbean conference ignites sparks too hot to ignore, and Ben’s determined to finish what they started, even if it’ll only last a few steamy, tropical nights.

Elizabeth’s resolve begins to crumble under Ben’s blatant seduction. Can she walk away from a hot island fling with the sexiest man she’s ever known with her heart intact, or will losing herself in Ben destroy everything she’s fought to achieve?

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Guest Author J.K. Coi — 9 Comments

  1. Writing subsequent books definitely gets harder. You want to tackle bigger subjects and you don’t want to repeat themes you’ve used before. With the first book or two, you have the luxury of being able to revise endlessly, but when you have deadlines, or you feel you need to get another book out to keep your name in front of readers, time becomes short. You have to produce.

    But when you’re writing that first draft, whether it’s the first book or the fiftieth, you have to find a way to turn off the inner editor and find the joy in telling your story. If there’s no joy, then you might as well be working at Walmart! I’m glad you were able to find your joy again. Thanks for blogging with us today.

  2. Excellent post, J.K. I struggle with my inner editor and it definitely slows the process down for me. I can turn it off during writing sprints, but I nearly always go back and edit what I wrote last before starting on the next section. I want to be more prolific if I’m going to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself for the next five years. My only hope is that I can eventually find the balance you did: “[E]ventually I learned to balance the craft of writing with the passion and urgency of writing”

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