You know, sometimes I wonder at what started me with writing. I realize that it could be sheer boredom that makes me position my fingers over the keys to type out a manuscript. It could be because I have all these funny characters running through my head that are like, homeless. *smile* These characters come barreling into my life and demand that I give them attention.
So I wonder, if I didn’t write, would I be considered crazy because I have characters talking to me in my head. If I didn’t write, I wouldn’t have a place to put all the sassiness that I have into one person. I believe that my characters have the ability to say the things that I ‘should’ have said in response to some remark or another.
I also wonder what people think about my characters. I know that sometimes being an author of romance, especially erotic interracial romance, it can be a thankless job. I know that sometimes we can always forget that hey, there are people out there reading your words and your thoughts and they have an opinion too. Which is why I am glad that the internet has progressed the way that it has. I am glad that there are now Author Groups where you can sit and gab about your favorite authors and even maybe chat it up with the author if you choose. I am glad there is a Twitter to follow your favorite authors even if they only tweet a *sigh* every six months. (They are human beings and they do have a life, and do not merely exist to satisfy our word-cravings, even though we wish they did).
I also sometimes try to figure out if I weren’t writing, what would I be doing with all my free time? I would be watching t.v. shows and thinking that I could write a better plot line. So even if I wasn’t writing, I would be thinking about writing.
There are other times when I sit down to write, and the plot doesn’t hit me. I have about sixteen WIP’s on my flash drive where I didn’t get further than a conversation. The conversation is good, and I refuse to let it die, but what do I do with one good dialog? So there they sit.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do as a writer is to let the book evolve on its own. I’m so thankful to eBooks because it allows me the freedom to write something that is either 3,ooo words or 9,000 words and not feel as though I didn’t tell all of the character’s story. I love the flexibility that being e-pubed allows.
I’m thankful that we live in a day in age where books, news, gossip and music are so easily accessible. If it weren’t for eBooks, I would have never discovered the world of multi-cultural/interracial story weavers.
So those are my musings…which normally come after I have submitted a manuscript. I bet you are wondering what the next book is…stay tuned and find out… 🙂