I haven't done any writing for the last week or so, due to a feeling-pretty-icky patch and a proofreading job. During this time I've thought a lot about You Don't Know Jack, my writing in general, and the kind of romances I love to read.
I've come to a conclusion.
As much as I was excited about YDKJ and enjoyed working on the first two chapters, the tone, style, and targeted subgenre (light chick-lit) were all ones I was unfamiliar with. I felt I had to struggle to write what I've done, as if I was forcing myself into a particular style. And as much as I like to read the kind of book that YDKJ would have been, if I am honest about it, it isn't my favourite romance sub-genre.
My favourite kinds of romances to read are home-and-hearth stories, romantic suspenses, and light sweet romances. That isn't to say that I don't like to read comedy romance, spicy romance, or historical romance, because I do, but the former list comprises my real favourites. If I slot what I've written already into subgenres, The Little Shop of Dreams is a sweet romance, Haunted Hearts is a romantic suspense (with light paranormal elements), and One Shore Thing is another sweet romance. Write what you love to read, right?
I think I went out of my comfort zone with YDKJ. I was thinking more about what I could write that would be good for my career, rather than what I could write that would just be good, full-stop. That pushed me off my path and got me confused, and that's why I struggled. YDKJ is a fun story with fun characters, but I don't think it's "me".
Instead, I have a new story brewing that's a lot more "me". I'm hoping to start exploring its possibilities further in the next week or two...
In other news, don't forget that I'm compiling a list of The Top 100 Favourite Romances and I want YOUR help! Click here for more details about the project and how you can contribute. I've decided to post a list every Friday of the current top five on the "leaderboard" -- there is a clear favourite already...
Just finished reading: The Devil Served Tortellini by Shirley Jump