Rekindling my Love for Love!

My next book is going to be packed full of romance.

Why?

Because I want it to be 😀

I love romance, hence why I write it, but my last couple of books have had heavy stories to go along with romance. And I’d say they were romance of a different kind- a passionate, heavy romance.

This time I want something light and romantic.

So, I wanted to write a book where romance was going to be the main theme of the story. But, it’s also going to be a contemporary piece and I haven’t written a chick-lit type book before. So I needed to get into the mood for writing it.

I scoured the kindle store for books in that genre, but also I watched a lot of romance movies.

I have to say, they really did help me get in the right frame of mind 😀 As I said in my Romance Weekly post last week, I am very inspired by the visual.

I watched Austenland, which was just beyond awesome!

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Then I had an overload on Jane Austen, watching Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Next up was While You were Sleeping and Penelope.

I have to admit, I was a bit de-motivated when I started writing my book, as I enjoyed writing in the fantasy genre so much. But watching these movies and reading that type of story reminded me exactly why I planned this book next.

Because I love every moment of those fun romantic movies! Every stolen glance, every damsel-in-distress moment, and every inevitable kiss in the rain! 😀

My next book is going to be a light, fun read where the romance genre in movies and books is heavily involved in the storyline, so watching and reading this type of genre has been perfect for getting me in the right frame of mind.

Let’s call it research! Very necessary research.

I always forget just how much the right mind-set can help to give me motivation to keep writing!

If you’re finding yourself a bit stuck in your story or not motivated, pick up a book in the same genre or watch a movie and remind yourself why you chose that genre. Reigniting your love of that type of story can be an amazing way exciting your creativity to keep writing!

Do you sometimes have to re-find your love of a genre? Do you always read within a specific genre? Are there any books or movies that instantly get you in the mood for writing?

Progress Report:

Status of Fifth Manuscript: Writing first draft.
Word count: 2395 (Total word count: 24770)

Books read: 3/4

End of August indie book review: Written and ready.

Can you feel it?

Photo by Dr Wendy Longo via Flickr

Photo by Dr Wendy Longo via Flickr

I am in the very early stages of planning out my next book. I know I shouldn’t be, I have got to focus on finishing my others! But I can’t help myself 😀 So, I’m doing little bits and pieces here and there to satisfy my craving.

My next book will be a romance again, but in a different sub-genre. I’ve been getting inspiration and doing bits of research, and I realised something about how I write.

I like to get the feel for the genre I’m writing.

For example, for Stolen, I read paranormal books, I watched vampire movies and tv shows. I immersed myself into that world and the feeling of the paranormal genre.

For The Queen’s Jester, I watched medieval shows, I read medieval romances. And for my third book (which I will give an intro to at some point and a title so as I can stop calling it my ‘third book’ :D), I dove into researching Romans and that life, surrounded myself in information of Romans and took up watching Spartacus!

I haven’t ever realised it before, but apparently my subconscious knows I need to immerse myself in the genre and get the feel of it for writing. Which is great, the more my head is in that genre then its likely the better I am going to write in it. It just means for a few months I watch, read and think nothing but the genre!

I think that is why visual aids helped me so much on my last book, it’s just another way of surrounding myself with that genre and getting into the mind-set of that story. Doing that means it flows easy and the writing has that distinct feel to it that I want.

It was just one of those random observations about my writing process I didn’t realise until I stepped back and actually looked at how I go about planning a new book 😀

Do you immerse yourself in the particular genre you’re writing? Do you have an unusual things you do to get into the right frame of mind for writing different genres?

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).
> The Queen’s Jester- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, formatting, marketing).
> Third Manuscript- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, formatting, marketing).

May E-Book Review: Reading.

Once More with Feeling

When I read books, in any genre, I do like it when the writing feels in tune with the story.

I’ve read quite a few Regency romances and I like when they feel almost like they could have been written in Regency times. Not just the dialogue, but the whole feel of the writing in general.

Or fantasy books, the writing flows as though the story could have been written in a different world.

Am I making any sense? 🙂

I like this ‘feel of the story’ when I read, so I try to do it when I write. My first story, Stolen, is set in a modern time so I write pretty much without any difference. My second novella, The Queen’s Jester, is a whole different story. It is set in a fantasy, medieval-based kingdom, so I tried to tailor my writing to suit that. I wanted the writing to feel rich and sumptuous to suit the setting of castles, gowns and crowns.

To achieve that feel I used more descriptions, and I used words that had deep, more elegant flow. I didn’t overpower the book with fancy stuff, but I wanted that feel in there. Along with the fact I used things like, ‘cannot’ instead of ‘can’t’ and ‘will not’ instead of ‘won’t’ etc. I didn’t do this to inflate word count, I did it on purpose, so as the story felt it could have been written in times where they just didn’t use language in that way.

Now, compare that to my the book I am currently working on, and it’s a big shift again. It’s set in a time period where the rich lived well, and the poor did not and unlike my main character in The Queen’s Jester, my lead in this book isn’t one of the privileged. So, the tone of this book is harsher to give the feel of the character’s struggles and what they are going through. I used less rich description, harder words, and also my sentence structure changed to give the feel of an old-timey kind of reading.

I don’t want to overpower the story and distract from the writing, but it’s definitely there in my books.

I probably overthink these things too much 😀 It most likely has no affect on the reader at all, as long as the story is good and the characters are compelling. But to me it matters, so I put it in my writing so at least I know it’s there, and that’s what I wanted as a writer.

Is there anything you do as a writer like this? Do you notice when books are written in different styles for different genres? Am I just overthinking it all? 😀

Progress Report

Status of Third Manuscript: Sent to my readers!

April E-Book Review: Book chosen.