Thursday Thoughts: Universal Triple Crown

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 –
The Universe
© http://www.tut.com ®

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. 😉

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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3 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Triple Crown

  1. Yeah, I heard about the numbnuts trashing on romance. Bleh. Like I’d listen to anything the NYT has to say anymore. And people like him have been dumping on the romance genre since there was a romance genre to dump on. Like you, I read everything. And romance will always have a special place in my heart because i used to read it to the exclusion of everything else – sometimes 3 books a day. I needed the HEA. I needed to step outside myself and find love in the pages. I still need it from time to time. So screw him and the people like him. I think people should read what they want and stop feeling guilty about it. And stop listening to the NYT. Sheesh.

    I can’t write romance, though. It all turns out lame. =o\

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