Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? -- L. M. Montgomery
Oh, yes, it is nice. Very nice. Fabulous really to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it . . . . .
I don’t know about you, but mistakes should be my middle name. Not a tomorrow comes and goes that I haven’t made at least one error, whether big or small. Leaving the porch light on when I’m gone all day, entering the wrong amount in the checkbook, running out of gas when I ignore the little red light, missing an appointment because I didn’t write it down. You name it, I've probably done it a time or two.......wrong.
The same holds true for my writing. Having finished my latest book, actually lucky thirteen, I was eager to start something new. But what? My critique partner and fellow Rose, the wildly talented Jannine Gallant, came up with an idea. Some women win the lottery and how immediate riches changes their lives and leads them to love. An interesting premise that conjured up about a dozen different storylines in my head.
Starting out strong, I chose four of my favorites and wrote the first chapter of one book where I introduced the heroines who would carry the series. Then I gave one of them a flawed hero and off I went again – smack into chapter two, then three then four. That’s where I, rather my writing, hesitated, then sputtered, then finally stalled altogether.
But why? Whatever was wrong? I wasn’t that interested enough to go on, why would anyone else be? (With all due respect to Jannine, because her basic idea was a winner.)
Then it dawned on me. I’d made a mistake. I write romance, traditional romance. By definition – Romance is a narration of the extraordinary exploits of heroes, often in exotic or mysterious settings.
Ah-ha! The majority of romance readers are women. What was I offering? More women. Not a good way to honor my audience.
Blood Brothers in Blue features four guys who attended the police academy together and became long-time friends. The dropout, the straight arrow, the movie star and the maverick. They all share a passion to protect and serve – each in their own unique way.
I kept the same basic storylines, from different points of view.
Once again I know exactly where my writing and I are going. Directly into tomorrow….…with no mistakes in it yet.
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