BookBlogWriMo: Today’s challenge is first design, but since I only changed the design of my blog once and the change wasn't that dramatic, I’m going to write about the change in my writing style. I started writing the beginning of the year. Yup, hasn't even been a full year since I started writing and what I can say is I have definitely grown as a writer. I am sure I have a lot more growth in my future, but I can only talk about what I have experienced.
My first book, Lights Camera Desire, was my very first attempt. It was sort of a ‘can I do this’ kind of book. I will admit I won’t look at it. I am sure it is full of rookie mistakes and cringe worth moments, but hey a writer has to start somewhere. We can’t all be J. K. Rowling where our first attempt is epic.
In fact, I don’t even promote that book because I am afraid of the reviews. That’s right I’m a coward. But I think I have mentioned that a few times in past posts of my cowardly ways.
On to my next book, or rather series of novellas, the last of which I just finished yesterday (surprise story I am coming out with in December). I have written many stories, starts of books and some I finished, but haven’t published them.
One day I got finished reading yet another book with an alpha male’s pursuit of a young, drop dead gorgeous naive virgin and I got pissed. Why can’t a female character be sexual confident and strong and it be sexy? I remember walking over to my computer, no plotting or anything and the first novella just flowed out of me. It was my response to the question I posed.
When I was nearing the end of my novella series I realized I had no idea what to write next, after the series was over. That’s when I discovered a really funny, sexy book called Play by Kylie Scott. It’s about a drummer and his love interest. I am not one for musicians (I know I am rare in the female species) but the characters were really funny and it was smartly written. So, I searched and searched for more smart, funny, sexy reads. Most were crap that I picked up (claiming to be funny when there was barely even a joke in them or going over the top trying too hard to be outrageous), but then I discovered Penny Reid’s series and N. M. Silber. Their stories were smart, funny and the guys were super, duper hot. Ha! Ha! I found my calling.
I decided then and there I would be one of those funny, smart, sexy writers too. I would still include my steamy sex scenes, but the characters would be complex in a humorous way. So, now I don’t just write erotic romances, I write funny erotic romances.
NaNoWriMo: I finished my novella! Yay! Now I can continue writing the actual 50,000 word book for NaNoWriMo. I wrote about 7500 words yesterday (including a sex scene and those take me forever to write) and finished the little story I am publishing in December. So, now I can continue Why I Hate Valentine’s Day, my NaNoWriMo book. I reread the first chapter for the book that I wrote earlier this week and am still proud of what I wrote.
I have been through a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride in regards to writing my ‘funny’ erotic romance. At first I thought I was hilarious, and then I thought I was crap and then I thought I was trying too hard, with the emotions starting all over again every day.
I know comedy is a strength of mine, but can I write it? And if I can, will the story also come across as sexy at the appropriate times and not look like sex scenes thrown in randomly? So many thoughts and emotions coursing through my veins with this book and I have only written one chapter.
I have both boys today, so I might not get as much writing as I would like today. This book is important to me, so I don’t just want to write just anything to fill a quota. I am hoping I feel better tomorrow (emotionally) about my writing and the words just flow confidently. Fingers crossed!