Writing Romance A – Z
Hi, everyone! I know I haven’t been blogging lately. Life happened, and I fell into a bit of depression. I’m not looking for pity, but I have disabilities that sometimes hit like a Mack truck. I am on medication and mostly controlled, but there is no cure for seizures and my back pain is chronic. I thought about giving up the writing, the blogging, all of it. I have made a lot of changes to make things less overwhelming. That is what you haven’t seen much on the blog lately.
I am going to finish my writing A-Z. Then I’ll decide what’s next.
So now we are at N. The first thing pops in my mind is Naked. Difficult to write romance without getting naked. I also like the spelling nekkid. I don’t use it much, but it’s cute in a western among cowboys or little kids. Sometimes we need a bit of humor, and odd spellings add that.
I love the word negligée. The word alone stirs images of flimsy, sexy, romantic nighties and underwear. What can be more romantic than that?
And of course naughty. I think that speaks for itself.
Let’s move on to the letter O. Only. Being the Only one the only man in the heroine or hero’s life. The One. That can work in contemporary romance or in paranormal where they find their mate. In my current WIP, my main young man is very different. He is only 23, but he has high morals and saving himself for the ONE. He says his mom told him he would know in his heart. I also like the word Ominous. It is a great word for paranormal, supernatural or Romantic mystery/suspense.
I love writing Paranormal romance. It’s not all I write, but I love-making new worlds, creating new characters that don’t exist, giving them powers, but making them likable or human as well. My first foray into writing was paranormal or urban fantasy. I have learned so much since then that I think will make that series better. My dream back then was to be the next Kim Harrison. I have two file cabinets with binders of notes handwritten and some in chapters and drafts. I am considering pulling this out and reorganizing it, perhaps working on it next year.
I have another book called Dark Magick that I had planned to publish last Halloween, but my beta found a significant loophole, and I think this may become a series as well.
This brings me to a Trilogy that I also have nearly done. It’s called Love Bites…First Bite. An urban fantasy. It’s also vampires. The first book began as an 8-thousand-word short story. I rewrote it into a 23k novella then decided it needed a bit more, and it is now a trilogy. I am sending it today to my last Beta then after we get done with my editor for a final look over. I am ready to make the leap and let this baby go. I won’t say when it will be out since that will depend on how much my Beta and Editor find, but it’s a big possibility it may be out this year or early next. At least I have a plan. (see I slipped in another p-word)LOL
Do you like Paranormal stories? What are your favorite types? What do you look forward to in a new paranormal book? What do you hope you won’t find there?
4 responses to “Writing Romance A-Z~~ N, O and especially P”
Yes, I love paranormal stories, especially urban fantasy and dark fantasy romance– but all those paranormal / fantasy niches strike my fancy! Can’t wait to see yours. Great job on listening to yourself, taking care of your needs, and after feeling better– getting back into the game. I can so relate.
Thank you. It seems to be common among us writers. The stress is quite overwhelming.
Yes, for sure, and it’s wonderful to get to a point of positive after so much negative, doubt, and as you said, stress. Let’s keep it up, both of us.
Sometimes it is hard to get and staying that frame of mind. It seems negative is easier LOL