I Don’t Want To

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And you can’t make me. So there.

I have come to an important decission.

I don’t want to write romance.

I can’t even begin to tell you how huge this is!But let’s be honest here. When you don’t write a word for two weeks you can’t completely blame it on football and kids and a heavy work load, at some point you’ve got to take responsibility. And now I am.

You’ve also got to realize that you’ve got a problem, and you’ve got to solve that problem. So, I was sitting on the bed at the crack of dawn’s ass this morning slurping coffee and worrying about NAILED which is due January and the book proposal (known from this point on as BP) I’m working on with Vee when it hit me.

One of the things I really enjoyed about writing KINK and HANDS ON is that they’re not romance. Oh, they have a happy ending, but as Jorrie pointed out here, when a story takes place in the space of a week, like with HO, marriage is unrealistic. (And please no discussion about HE vs HEA and blah blah blah because I just fucking don’t want to hear it–k? thanks)
So while the BP with Vee (LOL) will end up being erotic romance, I think I can figure out how to put my spin on it now and I think for NAILED now I CAN go back to the drawing board.

20 thoughts on “I Don’t Want To

  1. ….and there’s not a damn thing wrong with that!

    Write what you want to or you will HATE it every step of the way – it should be fun and entertaining not lumbersome and cumbersome (sp?)

  2. No wonder my head hurts.

    Dennie I’ve had to write shit I didn’t want too and it left me wanting to throw a temper tantrum every time I looked at it! :bleep:

  3. That’s interesting! I’ve been there. But isn’t it still kind of romance? Or no… I haven’t read them so hmmm… It’s easy to tire of something, I’m getting there. :crazy: Do what you need to! It’s not worth it if it doesn’t make you happy.

  4. Fascinating stuff, Amie. I’m starting to think in terms of hard HEAs and soft HEAs and non-HEAs. But strike a line through that if it’s too close to discussion!

  5. Write what you want and what you feel. The readers enjoy honest stories. (As in if you feel it when you write it, the readers will feel it when they read it) AM I making any sense? ๐Ÿ™„

  6. Jorrie I have an issue with “HEA” — I prefer Happy Ending but I’ve never really been one to do well inside a box and I think having to think in terms of the romance “box” :dead: <--yeah that Sasha you are absolutely right! A smart reader will spot a faker a mile away. :kiss: This deserves some more thought.......

  7. Ceceรขโ€šยฌ, you know from day one, the first time I read your stuff, I said your voice was mainstream. And the themes of your books are more gritty/complex than romance normally tackles (for instance, your hero who’d been abused by his ex-wife. *NEVER* gonna see that over at Harl/Sil. ha!). Follow your heart hon. Writing is hard work, it’s sweat and tears and takes a hella of your time/engery. Do what you love. Find a way to make it work for the market. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Write what you enjoy. Heck, I am writing a psy thriller right now. Not a drop of romance in it. while I enjoy it. will keep writing it, I made a promise to myself that if I got the time to write, I’d write what moved or excited me, I’d try everything and keep growing and expanding. The downside is, I can’t be (branded) tho god knows I have a big beef with that whole idea,:roll: and so I got back to writing for me, as me– after I published 12 books. I lost it for a year, :crazy:no kidding, couldn’t do another book. Now my head is on right again, and I’m not contracted on something or obligated to a p-house. I realize I can write anything… somehow that is so freeing and I feel fearless and excited about ideas and plots again. Okay, so maybe it was the year from hell in some ways(you know why :bleep:, but you get so cought up in have to and must and what everyone expects, you can really crash and burn creativly. I love reading, love writing, but I must have a certain amount of creative freedom for my muse. I think that’s called writing what you enjoy.:fly:
    Best, best, best of luck!

  9. Thanks Everyone!
    I think Evie nailed it

    you get so cought up in have to and must and what everyone expects, you can really crash and burn creativly.

    I just can’t think of what I write as romance (but that’s not to say it doens’t have a romance in it if that makes sense)–it’s too limiting and smacks of rules and I just don’t do rules well. They tend to freak me out. :yell:

  10. Wow honey. I’m out of it for a little while and look what you go and do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    There is NOTHING wrong with not wanting to write romance or have HEA or make your characters get hitched. I’m glad you figured out what was wrong and sometimes that’s the most important step in getting back on track. Goodness knows I’ve had that problem.

    Can’t wait to hold your book in my hand, though. That is going to TOTALLY rock my pants! :woot:

  11. Write what you feel you need to write…for YOURSELF. I finally started doing that, and I’ve never been happier with my writing! :woot: