Every writer worth their salt has heard that old adage: write what you love. Right? I know I have. So then why did it take me this long to listen to that saying?
A quick scroll through my reviews either here or on Goodreads and you might see that I have a boner for historical romances. I attribute this to the fact that my first romance ever was one. I’ve always loved the past, though. I used to live for when my grandma would tell me stories of her childhood in the 40s. I didn’t, of course, know that it was exactly the 40s at that point in my life, but I knew it was a long time ago!
The novel that I had been working on, while I liked it, was a contemporary. I like contemporary stories, don’t get me wrong, but part of the allure of historical books for me are that they allow me to get lost in another world. I especially like imaging that the stories actually happened. Maybe an Emperor of Rome did fall in love with the peasant girl? Ha.
I’ve been fighting my impulses to write historical books though and especially romances for two main reasons:
- Historical stories involve WAY more research than contemporary
- I want to be a ‘serious’ writer and ‘serious’ writers don’t write romance apparently
Regarding the first one that’s no excuse for me because I love to research. It’s one of my favorite activities regardless of whether I’m doing it for writing or not. So I don’t know what I was thinking.
The second though has caused me to go back and forth on whether or not I wanted to write a romance novel. Anyone can tell you I love the genre. Hell, I will tell anyone that will listen that I love the genre. I don’t care who knows it, but I have this desire for my work to be taken seriously. Over these past few years, while I didn’t stop writing about love per se, I focused more of the negative aspects of love because that’s somehow more worthy of inspection than the good traits of it. Personally, I think both are worthy of writing about. I love writing about love! In all its various forms.
So I think my goal will be over the coming months will be to reconcile my need to be taken seriously and my need to write what I love…will I make it? I think so. I usually do.