Writing: Shifting Genres

Now that I’ve put the hard work of putting together my short story collection behind me (and maybe I’ll do a blog post about the process someone time soon), it’s time to get back to work on new writing. Prior to WorldCon, I’d fully intended to go back to working on the novel I’d started over the summer, but to be honest, my motivation on it has been less than stellar. I had good motivation during June, when I cranked out 50k on it for NaNoWriMo Summer Camp, but since then, things just haven’t gone well. After reading from my novel at WorldCon, I decided to reread it all, since it’s been over a year since I’d last look at it. I was glad to see that I still enjoyed it, and it put me in the mood for a bit of romance; specifically Aztec or Mayan. I’ve looked for Aztec-inspired romances before and haven’t had much luck (everything seems to be modern lady time travels to the past, usually after finding some remote ruins or magic artifact. Just not what interests me, either in romance or fantasy.).

For the most part, I write tragic love stories, but at one point I wrote a One World novella that didn’t start off as a HEA romance, but very quickly turned into it. Since it wasn’t the kind of thing I usually wrote, when I finished it, I put it away, figuring it was something I couldn’t sell, and tried to forget about it. But after being unable to find what I really wanted to read on Amazon, I dusted off the old novella, now several years old, and gave it a read. To my surprise, it wasn’t all that bad and I started considering the possibility that I might actually be able to get it published.

Of course, I know practically nothing about the romance genre and the story expectations attached, so I started investigating and reading some historical romance, to try to figure things out and see how much I’d have to alter the story to meet the needs of the genre. But from what I’ve gathered from my reading, I’m actually pretty close to on target, and reading these other books has given me clues about how I can expand this little novella into a full-blown novel. So that’s what I’ve decided to do: I’m going to write a One World romance novel.

If you’d told me two years ago that I’d be writing romance, I probably would have laughed and said “Never in a million years!” But I’m excited to give it a try and see how it goes.

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