So…it’s Thursday. And I have some thoughts. See, not too long ago, there was this big kerfuffle over a NYT article written by a dude who’d once been an editor with a big NY publisher and the very “wise” brains at the NYT book desk decided he would be perfect to write an article on the romance genre. No lie. Yeah…the guy was…well, I have no words. I can say that the reaction from the romance community–writers AND readers was immediate and angry. Fittingly so. Then a few days later, I came across some requests from beginning writers who wanted to know how to…well, basically, write a book. The general consensus from those who replied was: Write a book. Then write another book. Makes sense, unless you have no clue. Oh, one respondent also mentioned: READ! That’s how I learned–more or less–to write a book. I read. Across genres. Across age brackets. The good, the bad, the familiar, the weird. But the main thing? I learned to use my imagination so… When the Universe tossed this little gem into my inbox, it resonated.
Shaping, shifting, molding, making: What people do when they discover their imagination.
Spinning, curling, dipping, twirling: What people do when they discover their wings.
Beaming, glowing, basking, shining: What people do when they discover love.
Basking, Silver –
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Silver, go for the triple crown.
How does a book start? An idea pops into my head. I shape, shift (and so do some of my characters! 😆 ), mold, and make that idea into a viable story. All in my head, using my imagination. Then I let the story fly. Plots develop spins and dips. Characters curl and twirl. And then–in my genre, anyway–they discover love. Because I write romance. I deliver Happily Ever Afters one book at a time. And despite what the New York Times believes, romance novels meet the needs and desires of readers. (Pun partially intended.) The people who read romance novels WANT the HEA. So I’ll keep providing it in my books because I’m proud to be a writer of romance. I’m happy to provide the HEA to readers. And yeah, some days, it feels like I have won the triple crown when I get an email, a comment, or a review from a reader who says I’ve touched their lives.
If you read romance, good on you! If you don’t? Maybe you should give it a try. You might just like it. 😉