BookBlogWriMo: I missed another day, so I am combining again. Day 18 (favorite subgenres) and Day 19 (#WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Book). I will warn ahead of time for this entire post, it’s my birthday so I may go totally off track and write what I want to write about...because it’s my birthday!
Favorite Subgenre: I like historical fiction. Anything that tells an interesting story about fictional main characters during history. With that stated, I don’t like historical romance. Historical romance tends to have things happen in the story that would never have actually occurred in history. For example, the wench, whom the Earl had been wooing, gets mad at the Earl as she knows nothing will come of their affair and she has standards. So, he breaks with tradition and marries her anyway...um...no. Would. Never. Have. Happened. Ever! No man of good standing (especially aristocracy) would marry a wench. He may have fooled around with her, even knocked her up and kept her for a long term affair, but would never have married her.
I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to history and, especially, how society acts at the time. I once asked my husband for a lecture on tape about medieval society given by a Harvard Professor for my birthday present. I have listened to it many times. I know it’s super nerdy of me, but I love history.
So, books by Edward Rutherfurd or Forever by Pete Hamill are perfect examples of what I love. They weave accurate history, make it come alive and believable, but at the same time make the reader fall in love with the characters (fictional or real).
Obviously the other subgenre I love is romantic comedy. I feel I have written endlessly in my posts about it, so I won’t go into detail here. All I can say is if you can’t laugh at what life throws at you then you will just end up a depressed mess. I choose to laugh.
TBR Books: When it comes to reading I am a mess. Much like the clothes scattered on my bathroom floor (that I don’t pick up until laundry day) it is a collection of new and old, good and bad. There is no one book I am dying to read. I have books I have preordered that most likely will fit into that category, but I can’t say I am over the moon waiting to read them. I’m just not built that way.
Let me explain. I have to force myself to start a book. I need a book to have an interesting start, eye catching or hook. If it doesn’t, I will not keep reading. You are probably thinking a lot of people are that way. Well, yes and no.
Yes, people have short attention spans (it’s science baby!) and therefore, need the first page or two of a book (unless they already know and love the author) to keep their interest.
No, most people don’t have a learning disability. A disability that causes them to subconsciously dread reading. There is a psychological reason I need that book to keep me going, to suck me in. I rarely pre-order books because I can’t download the sample. If I have pre-ordered your book you better believe I think you are a kick-ass writer and will beat back any subconscious fear I have in order to have your book.
TBR books are varied, some good, some bad and some on pre-order. I can’t state I am excited to read any of them because I would be lying. I’m afraid, that’s it.
NaNoWriMo: I am in the restructuring phase. I have written a few chapters and know I won’t come close to hitting 50,000 words by November 30th, but that doesn’t bother me.
I started this challenge to inspire me, help me become organized and a better writer. I have succeeded. Perhaps according to the guidelines of the challenge I have not won, but I believe I have with my own rules I set upon myself. I have a good feeling about this book. Sure I have days of doubt, but as I started the re-plotting a sense of calm washed over me and I knew I was headed in the right direction. My career, my writing isn’t about adhering to another’s standards. It’s about doing what is best for the story and for me.
Therefore I won’t write just to write, knowing if I do that I will just have to back track and rewrite a lot, if not the whole thing. I need to organize my thoughts and especially plan out the series before I continue with this book.
I can’t say how long the plotting will take, a week, a month, longer? But I can say I will continue this daily (maybe every other day) updates on my thoughts and progress. I have to get back to planning, so I will bid farewell for now.