Writing is an art form and words are not always a compliant medium to work with. Just ask any writer. Some days they flow as smoothly as a steady calm spring through our fingertips onto the screen. Others … well a hurricane seems like a mild translation in comparison. On these days in particular it is recommended we simply walk away, clear our minds, then head back into the storm and hope that blue skies are there to greet us.
As most people know I write in two diverse genres. A large majority of my readers don’t seem bothered by this fact and almost all have commended me for it. However, I have gotten some upsetting emails from readers who cannot believe that someone who can create such imaginative and engaging young adult novels and can then turn around and write erotica (aka soccer mom porn). Others have even asked me why I would want to do it? Or isn’t one genre enough?
The answer is quite simple really … one gives me a break from the other. Plus, I dearly love writing both. At any given time if you checked my laptop you will see I have a minimum of two Microsoft Word files open. Currently, I have four. Yes, four different novels that I am working on. And depending on my mood, dictates which gets my attention for the next several plus hours.
Obviously, there is the first book in the spin-off from my EVE series, Transcendence, the Spirit Quest series, Book 1. Plus, the third and final book in my With Honors series, Transferring Credits. And the first book in my new erotica series, the Trice Burned series, I Should Have Known, and my first single YA fiction novel, My Life Through You. All are at various stages of production and at this moment I cannot say which one will be completed first. But at this moment, Transcendence is in the lead.
I realize for most writers this would be insane. Almost all of my friends who write tell me my style of writing would drive them batty; that they have to focus on one storyline at a time or they’d lose their train of thought. But for me, it works. And it wouldn’t be the first time I have done things differently. Or as my former professor likes to refer to me as ‘eccentric’ (I take that as a high compliment). I have always walked to the beat of my own drummer.
As I have become more and more involved within the literary world and met more and more authors, I can say that we all do things differently. Not one of us follows the roadmap set by those who have come before us. I have learned that in order for us to find our voice, we must first find the words to express our voice loudly enough for the world to hear. And in order to do that, we must find the style that gets our creative juices flowing and allows our imaginations to run freely.
So if you want to be a writer, listen to the advice given by those who have come before you; take it to heart. But more importantly, don’t think of working either inside or outside the box … instead, create your own box or better still, kick the freaking box to the curb and make a nice little circle for yourself, pour a cup of coffee or whatever beverage you thrive on and jump in with both feet! It all begins with desire and passion for the love of words …
“Being ordinary is boring, and boring is death.”
~A. L. Waddington