Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Big Conflict

I can't find the exact quote now (because there are so many!) but a couple of years ago, I read something that R.L. Stine said that's really stuck with me. It was along the lines of, he believes that everything he writes is brilliant, and it's his wife who helps show him where he needs to edit. It was so refreshing because as writers we have this very conflicted relationship with our own skills. That was the first time I heard anyone say that they actually believe what they write is good.

On the one hand, we're supposed to be beyond modest. We have to make out that we don't really think anything we write is any good, lest we seem big-headed. It's fairly easy a lot of the time, writing can be deeply personal depending on your style, so sometimes it's easier not to talk about it.

At the same time, we have to show that we believe in what we've written enough to make other people want to read it. We either have to convince industry professionals that we're worth their time and money, or we have to relentlessly market ourselves.

This conflict makes things especially difficult now we're in the age of self-publishing. There's no time to be wasted pretending we don't think we're any good if we're trying to make our target audience buy our books. All we have is ourselves, playing the part of Agent, Publisher and Marketing Department. Maybe it's time we let go of the modesty, the self-doubt, and just accept that it's ok to say what we've written is good. I believe in my work. It isn't life-changing, Earth-shattering brilliance on every page, but I believe it's good, and well worth a read.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Incriminating Dating Blog Tour!

Just found out that I'm a part of the blog tour for Rebekah L. Purdy's Blog Tour for her new novel, Incriminating Dating! Look out for my Review week beginning 10th April!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Something Old, Something New

Since I started my new job last September, the combination of feeling a lot happier, and having more time means I've been writing a lot more. It has also prompted me to try new things, and explore new (to me) ways of doing what I do. I settled into self-publishing happily a couple of years ago now, and while I do love the freedom, I've never really given up on the idea of being traditionally published. It's what I've always wanted, I've been dreaming about it since I was little. Recently I decided to give it another try.

While researching small presses, there was one genre that kept coming up. Romance. I've always pulled away from it, and I had to ask myself why exactly that was. Looking back now, I think it's just the things I heard growing up. My Mum has always said 'I read just about everything. Except for romance or chick lit', she says it with total disdain. She was always such a big influence on my reading that it stuck.

Then I got into YA, something that I was so excited to discover, it totally invigorated my reading and then my writing. I've met a lot of people over the years who don't understand my love of YA at all, but I don't care. It taught me that it doesn't matter what other people think of what I read. Which has prepared me to make the bold move of giving Romance a try. As much as I have tried to steer clear of it in the past, it always made its way in. I didn't have it planned for 3,000 Miles of Arizona, but it was irresistible and now I can't imagine the story without the love story - it isn't possible.

Once I opened up to the possibility, I found I have a few ideas. I bought a bunch of books to get more of a feel for it, rather than just the tropes that show up everywhere. So far, I've written a novella, and now I'm working on a novel, with a couple of plans coming together too. I love it! Let's see how it goes.