I know, I know, you’re all finding it absolutely incredible to believe but it’s true. Jackie does not know what she’s talking about. This post is mainly for people searching for writing advice or any clue on how to get ahead in this hell we call the publishing business, or indeed anyone who may be under the terribly mistaken impression that because of the stuff I post on my blog, I must know what I’m doing.
Firstly – and most importantly – I am still unpublished so there’s obviously something I’m not doing right. Secondly, I don’t think I’ll EVER know what I’m doing since the day I admit I do know, will be the day I stop improving and learning. Thirdly, I am still learning so the things I think I know today, may be the things I’ll prove to be wrong about tomorrow.
However there are some things about writing category that I can assume are correct since I got them in rejection letters:
1. Conflict must be simple, clear and deep.
2. Sex must have an emotional connection.
3. The conflict (for MH/Riva) can’t be too dark.
4. The characters must grow and change.
5. Characters must be well rounded people, but keep it simple because real people are far more complicated and messy than you can fit into a category length book.
6. Category romance is all about the fantasy and escapism (and must include actual romance!).
7. No stereotypes please.
All the rest of the stuff I talk about on this blog is just supposition and assumption really, and you shouldn’t take anything I say as gospel. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that I am wrong about a LOT of things. 🙂
But, that being said, here are some things I am not wrong about. Prepare yourselves.
1. If you don’t write, you won’t be published.
2. If you don’t submit, you won’t be published.
3. If you give up you won’t be published.
4. The day you think you know what you’re doing is the day you’ll find out you don’t.
5. Rejection doesn’t kill you.
6. The tiniest success goes a loooong way.
7. Drinking helps ease the pain.
8. Over-thinking will kill your story stone dead.
9. Taking risks sometimes works and sometimes it doesn’t.
10. Loving your writing is the first step.
Anyone got anything else they’re NOT wrong about?