Current Project: The Space Between (trying out a new title)
Status: 4 pages + more backstory!
I'd call it a light bulb moment, or better yet, an epiphany, but honestly, this feels more like a Wile E. Coyote having an anvil fall on his head moment.
Between our chapter meeting this month and Paty's post yesterday, I've been thinking about a few things, but in particular, why I write. I've given various answers to that question in the last couple of years, depending on who was asking and the way they phrased it.
For instance, if someone asked why I want to write--the implication being, of course that unless/until I earn money for my writing, what I do doesn't count--I'd vaguely say, 'oh, you know, it'd be cool to be published' and then promptly change the subject. If someone just casually asked why I write--as if I have a choice not to--I usually mumble something about wanting to entertain people by spinning a good yarn and leave it at that. For those who'd dig a little deeper and ask what I write, the answer varied depending on my current WIP. But the one thing I was always quick to add was that I don't write Romance, not "traditional" Romance, anyway. Whatever that might be.
Funny, huh? I'm a member of RWA, an organization I respect and for which I'm grateful, and I don't write Romance. But here's the thing. I've been lying--not just to the people who ask, but worse, I've been lying to myself.
I realized that all of the stories I've written or started to write--all of the ideas that I've come up with for new stories--every one of them, without fail, has a romance/relationship component. The romance may not be the central story, but it's always an integral and complete subplot.
I'm not sure why I've had this problem, other than I guess I carried around this self-image of myself as a writer of Fantasy/SF/Mystery, since those are the genres I've mostly read all of my life. But I also read Romance, just not exclusively. And I much prefer my genre (non-romance) books to have a satisfying emotional component (if not a romantic HEA, at least an equivalent).
So, no more prevaricating. I'm here, standing (virtually) before you today to declare: Hi. I'm Debbie and I write Romance.
How about you? Did you always know, when you started writing, that you wanted to write Romance? Did you ever consider writing in a different genre? How did it go?