And I’m still catching my breath from the weekend!
I spoke at the Yosemite RWA chapter this past Saturday, with my bestest GF’s Tawny Weber and Josie Brown along for company. It was a great road trip. Short and sweet. The Yosemite RWA gals were great too. Lot’s of energy, lot’s of smiles, my kind of girls.
I did an abbreviated version of my It’s Just Business, Don’t Take It Personally, talk, mostly because I wasn’t in the mood to be all preachy, coz I can be that way (hey! I’m working on it. It’s a hard habit to break). Besides, with this group, I felt like I was hanging out with friends in my family room, so I went with the flow.
I came away with something, as I always hope to when I speak, and with this trip it was the reiteration of the fact that, no rules is the rule! So many folks try to push what the pundits preach on others, and really, the only thing it does is add confusion to an already confusing industry!
I am more of an advocate of no rules, just write then I have ever been before. Repeatedly I have heard, “But I’ve heard you have to focus on just one genre.” Or “I’ve written this story over and over and I just can’t get the hero and heroine to meet on the first page. If I don’t no editor will want to read it” Or “My crit partner says I can’t do this in romance.” Stop. Stop. Stop.
Here’s a rule we can all live by: Write your story, your way, in your time.
It really is that easy. Don’t allow others to rob your story of your voice. Don’t allow others to vanillafy your story or your characters. You are the storyteller here, not them. Stop putting so much stock in what others say you should be doing and listen to your inner voice, because that is the only one that matters. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to ignore good advice. Hell, no! Embrace that stuff, it’s good, real good. You can learn from it, emulate it, be one with it. But only if it resonates with you and your work. Otherwise? Fugetaboutit.
I guess that’s all I have to say right now. J So with that, I’m going back under to write.