Do you enjoy reading clean and wholesome romance? I’m writing one. It’s a holiday romance inspired by my love of cheesy Hallmark movies around the holidays. There’s nothing religious about any aspect of my book, just a fun, heart-warming journey and romance that occurs in the life of my protagonist. Growing up in a very Christmas oriented household, the Holidays were a big deal. From family parties to amazing food, and decorations. But since I’m a total borefest as an adult, I channel the fuzzy end of year feeling by writing about it.
I’ve had this concept for over a year and I did start to work on it in 2016. But, as you know my projects are all left hanging for some reason or the other. During the last month, I’ve spent tens of thousands of words rewriting the first two chapters. I’ve gone from really happy and excited to having self doubt and losing all motivation, but I continue to push harder because if I don’t write, I’ll wither and die.
The funny thing with turning most of the situations and people in my life into stories and characters, is writing in a specific genre. Romance is a hard one for me to write, and I’ll cover that later on. Writing a romantic suspense or something that borderlines on women’s fiction is what I’d call “my romance”. While some of my characters are pretty flawed and foul-mouthed, the ones in this book are so sweet they can give you a toothache. That isn’t to say someone somewhere isn’t selfish or doing something distasteful. But there’s no way I can taint this story. No matter which way I’ve been rewriting it, it’ll always be a clean romantic story.
What kind of a writer are you? I do get an idea first, but my characters paint the story.