Tell me a story?

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I’m trying to write a novel again. Or at least a decent length story. I feel like a complete hack though. It’s been in my head for weeks. I’ve seen scenes and character interactions play out in my mind. I’ve got some ideas that I really like.

But it’s a paranormal romance. Werewolves and vampires. I’m writing something significant that I might actually finish, and it’s for a genre so saturated and cliché that it’s fucking unbearable.

But I like the story. And my hero is so very much more impressive then Edward. My female lead is actually capable. I’ve got were-animals that aren’t completely boring. I’ve got motivations. I’ve got twists on the clichés! Unfortunately I still can’t convince myself that I’m not a hack.

I am however pondering what the reaction will be from one of my ex’s if I actually get published. She’s been trying to get her paranormal romance fiction published for 6 years, submitting story after story after story. It probably makes me a bad person that I want the story in my head to be good enough to sell, as much to see her reaction as for any financial rewards.

If writing cliché paranormal romance gets me into a creative industry though, I’ll be beyond delighted. Hell, if Harlequin’s bodice rippers with fangs division pays me something for the work I’ll be over the moon. I won’t tell anyone the name I’m publishing under. But I’ll be thrilled.