About four years ago I got fired. It was unexpected (isn’t it always?) and I admit to being a bit shell shocked about the whole situation. There was one positive that came out of all that drama, though…in a matter of three months, I completed a novel. Now, I won’t say that I wrote the entire thing in three months, but I did finish it in that time.
Every day, I wrote from sun up to sun down. I was compelled. I was in love with my characters, in love with the mythology, the humor. It was a fun book to write.
Unfortunately, Twilight happened around that time and my beloved “vampire novel” became a trunk story. Sometimes I still go back and reread it, going through my favorite parts, enjoying the emotion, the drama, the humor.
I’ve written quite a bit of fiction since then., mainly short stories, but certainly not with the same passion and enthusiasm as I did that book.
I’m new to the Rom genre. For years and years I snubbed my nose at romance writers and readers, not really understanding that to be a truly great writer, one must be willing to expand beyond those self imposed barriers.
For the past three weeks, I’ve jumped in, feet first and started writing a contemporary New Adult romance novel. This is definitely outside of my self built box, but it’s something I’m enjoying. It’s wonderful to sit down and just write. I’ve gotten that same sensation I had when I wrote the vampire novel. I think about my characters, my scenes all day and eagerly race home to get back to them. I’m told that’s the mark of a good story. I’m told that if you can’t stop writing a story, then your readers won’t be able to stop reading.
This excites me.
In the past three weeks, I’ve written nearly 50k words or about 160 pages. In. Three. Weeks.
I’m astounded. I’m nervous, and for the first time in a very long time, I’ve got my writing mojo running full force.
What are you writing? I’d love to hear from you!