Finished edits and printed out the next fifty pages. Will start on them tomorrow. 🙂 Working on this book has definitely taken my imagination in new directions. Obviously when I wrote it, I thought it was cool and different from the stuff I’d seen published. Certainly different from what I’d written in the past.
I was telling dh the other day that I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to ‘come into my own’ writing wise. I thought that when I sold my first romance that I’d achieved what I’d always dreamed of. And I had… I still love romance novels. But it’s taken me writing several of them and switching genres multiple times to figure out where my strengths lie. I wish it hadn’t taken so long for me to discover that it’s not in romance. Part of me is still sad about the realization. Yet I can no longer deny the truth that’s been staring me in the face for a while. My strength, my voice really shines when I’m able to write action/adventure stories. (I’m sure some of you are thinking, ‘well, you could just write action/adventure romances’.) It’s true, I could, but I wouldn’t be playing to my strengths. Unless I’m writing shorter pieces, I find it very difficult to ‘fit’ a romance into my work. I can do it (obviously), but it always feels like I’m shoe-horning it into the bigger story. Romances shouldn’t be that way. The story (whatever romance you’re writing) should be the focus of your book, everything else should be secondary. I think that’s why I’ve gradually cut down on reading romances (other than re-reading keeper-shelf stuff) and switched to reading UF with romantic elements.
I think what I find the most amusing about this discovery is that it’s happening when the industry is in utter chaos. I could’ve picked a better time to have these revelations. Or perhaps not, perhaps now is the best time to discover what I truly should be doing. If not now, when?
Have you discovered where your strengths lie? Are you sure? 🙂