#wipwednesday~Lil unexpected nuggets of truth…

On the previous #WIPWEDNESDAY, I showed you all the moleskine that I was taking notes in for the next book I planned to write. Somewhere in there, I said that the next book would be about wolves and I was super-duper excited about that. I actually filled the notebook and crossed over from the note-taking and research stage into the writing stage. Then something happened…I was ten chapters in and suddenly…I lost interest in the project. It wasn’t that I didn’t know where the story was going because I outlined the entire book from tip to toes. It isn’t that the writing wasn’t going well because as stated before I was ten chapters in and hovering around 15k on word count. The only way I can explain it is to say that when I sat back and read what I’d written, I felt like I was reading a book written by someone else. 

Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me begin at the beginning.

I’ve been wanting to write a paranormal for a while. Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Erotica are the three genres I prefer to read. I’ve already written erotica and I probably will continue to do so but, I wanted to try my hand at a paranormal book next. My initial instinct was to do something with voodoo or witches. I did a lot of research on the topic. I might have even mentioned here that I thought it was going to be a series of books. But for some reason I couldn’t’ start the project–call it what you want, fear of failure, fear of it sucking..I don’t know. Maybe I thought that no one would have any interest in reading the sort of books that I want to write so when the idea came to me for the wolf book, I jumped on it. A few days after that, I had a little chat with Levi Montgomery (BTW if you haven’t read any of his books get on that post-haste I recommend Cursing the Cougar). During the course of that convo he gave me a bit of simple but, brilliant advice. “Write you. *You* are a very good writer, with a very good voice. And you’re the only one there is.” And when I sat back and thought about it, that is what was wrong with the wolf book. I wasn’t writing me and that’s why it didn’t feel like mine. So I’m back on my witchy novels which will start out as paranormal and end up in urban fantasy. And I’m feeling happy about where that is going. So I guess the nugget of truth in this story is write the books I want to write. Don’t try to jump on the bandwagon and do what everyone else is doing or write whatever everyone else is writing. So from here on out I’m going to *WRITE ME*.

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