|Me Skyping with my brother.|
Now, this wasn't an arbitrary or random decision. We've been moving towards that for some time...so why did I get all the tongue clicking, head-shaking, slow sighs? No idea.
My daughter put it succinctly when she said, "The only odd thing left for you guys to do is to become nudists."
Really? So my husband is Irish and I am Mexican...okay, so bi-racial marriage, but in southern California we are actually the majority. Its common with such a transient community to meet people from all around the world. Throw in the fact that I traveled a lot as a marine kid and it was inevitable that I meet someone from across the country. Not weird...at least to me.
We homeschool. Well...it seemed like the smart thing to do at the time. Eleven years later and we still love it. How can that be weird?
We've adopted four children. Well...we wanted a larger family and this is how we did it. Six kids total doesn't seem like a strange thing to me. Its not like we rate our own reality show. Yes its a little...chaotic. But we are happy and blessed...how can that be odd?
|On the Scorpios - researching a book.|
This all brings me to writing. Doesn't it always? I struggled for a long time with 3rd person vs. 1st person. I even wrote a three book series (never published) in third person because that is what the conferences and books told me was the best way to write. It was normal.
After years of rejections and rewrites, I finally decided to write in the voice that came naturally to me. I wrote a romantic suspense in 1st person. Weird to write in that POV? Maybe. Unusual to have a romance in first person? No idea. What I DO know? It ended up being the first book my agent sold.
With so many opinions on how to break into the publishing industry, it can be confusing and downright disillusioning. And the question of voice and POV and genre...Oy Vey! So many differing opinions. We have the tendency to lose our passion in the face of all those parameters. Whether they are real or not.
Barbara Nicolosi, one of my favorite writer/screen writers once said, "Though we are told to write what we know...we should actually write what our heart knows to be true."
Honor, sacrifice, true love, compassion, courage...these are the things of great stories. And THAT, my fellow lovers of the written word, is what people want. Write a great story. Write something people can't put down. That is, after all, how I pick a book. Does it grab me on the first page? Do I NEED to know what happens next?
Write what you'd love to read and you'll be fine. Its not weird...its your unique and valuable style.
Until next time...Go Write!