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Contemporary Romances

I never know what sort of story I’m going to write until I actually sit down and write it, but the last couple that I have been working on, have been in the contemporary romance genre.

There’s my novel “When Roses Turn to Stone” which I put forward for this years Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. I made it through the first one, which was decided based on the pitch alone, but it didn’t make it through the next round due to the actual writing. That’s the second time in my writing career that I have heard my critique, and all it serves to do is make me want to edit the manuscript more. I’ve already started doing that, I’m on chapter eleven of about thirty right now, and with every word I change, I feel like it is becoming the manuscript that it was meant to be, which is very exciting.

I’m also writing a whole new project, sort of. I started it back in November for NaNo, but the plot never felt just right to me. I couldn’t figure it out, and I didn’t have the energy to even try. But a couple months ago, I decided that I liked the main premise and the characters too much to let them go. So I started re-writting the beginning, and the story has taken off in a completely different direction. I’m super happy with the way it is going and I expect it to be done by the end of summer, or late September at the very latest.

And then there is the project that I started for the class I took at Sheridan. I always liked the idea of the novel, and why wouldn’t I? It was the first contemporary romance plot that I ever thought up, and the characters became quite real to me. However, all the time that I was writing, there was something missing with the plot. I thought it was due to the structure of the class, but I realized the other night that it was because of a fundamental flaw in the story. It was missing a sub-plot, an element of danger, some major obstacle for my characters to overcome, and once I found it, everything just fell into place. I’m not going to write this story now (although it is sketched out) I am going to save it for this years NaNo 🙂

So, there you have it. I have three stories on the go (sort of ) and they’re all in a genre and style that I never saw myself writing. That’s the beauty of my muses, they say jump and I answer; how high 🙂

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Finding My Voice (Or How To Pick a Plot)

So… the year is drawing to a close and I’ve barely written a word. National Novel Writing Month is speeding up like a freight train and I can’t decide what I’m going to write. I do however believe I know where all my indecision is coming from– I don’t know my voice as a writer.

For years, my entire adult life so far actually, I have always thought that I would be a YA writer. They are the books that I love to read and they are the books that come most easily to me however, just because a book comes easy doesn’t mean that it’s something that I should be writing. Last year’s NaNo was like pulling teeth and even though I ended up with a story that was pretty decent, the sequel has totally fallen by the wayside. More than that, none of the  novels that I’ve written thus far (and I’ve written six) have been good enough in my mind (save for the first) to try and attempt to get published.

I follow several writers online and the one thing that always sticks out to me is how passionate they are about their novel. Their stories MUST be told to the world, and I haven’t felt like that for anything that I’ve written (save for the one that I did query out to like 80 agents).

So where does this leave me? In a conundrum to say the least. While I’ve been trying to figure out WHAT I want to write, I’ve been reading a lot and I’ve been noticing that my muses change on a whim. When I read a good YA book, I want to write YA. When I read / watch a good chick-flick I want to write a romantic story. When I watch / read science-fiction, I want to write a science fiction story. When I watch / read something strictly fantasy, I want to be that fantasy writer. I don’t know who I am as a writer. I have so many ideas and no real determination to see any of them through.

National Novel Writing Month 2012 is coming up in just over a week and I am bouncing between a YA story where fairy tales become real, a science fiction story where a thief befriends a disembodied consciousness and a chick-lit tale where a twenty-something finds herself accidentally married and has to deal with consequences. I can see myself writing all three of them… and I would love to write all three of them at once but the stresses of NaNo require me to just pick one and I don’t know which one to pick.

*sigh* Maybe I’m just going to have to write all three on a piece of paper and then pick one come November 1.

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October 21, 2012 · 10:56 am