As writers, we’re often told to write the book of our hearts, which is great advice, especially for the fledgling writer. If our work taps into what we’re passionate about—for me, myth and magic are two such passions—it’s easier to make the pages of our stories sing. If the writer loves the subject matter, hopefully the reader will too.
I recently realized the kind of stories that I want to write, and why I’ve struggled with some of my projects in the past. As a reader, I gravitate toward simple, character-driven stories—tightly written tales with a strong voice and characters I love to follow. I love edgy urban fantasy, but I also like a quiet, passionate romance too. And for a while, I was trying to focus on edgier works, action-packed urban fantasy with lots of fight scenes. I’ve come to realize that while I can write fight scenes, that’s not where my passion lies. Some of my stories will certainly feature such scenes—when writing paranormal stories, there tends to be a brawl or two, or even an epic battle. And it’s true that writing those scenes can be challenging and fun.
But my passion is in those quiet moments, those simple stories that showcase the change of the characters, allowing themselves to be vulnerable, opening their hearts, learning from their mistakes, healing the wounds of the past. Even in my edgier stories, those issues will still take center stage. And recognizing that has made me a better writer. After all, anything we learn about ourselves as writers helps our writing.
- Finish a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Finished!
- Write a first draft of another novella novelette. Finished!
- Start a second novelette. Wrote 3,949 words. Finished at 12K.
- Read a minimum of four books on the business or craft of writing. Four of four books read. Reading a fifth book, “Manuscript Makeover” by Elizabeth Lyon.
- Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. On track to meet this goal.
- Blog two times per week. On track to meet this goal, though I missed the last Sunday check-in.
- Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. On track to meet this goal.
A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!
What about you? What stories makes your heart sing? What passions make frequent appearances in your work?