Tuesday, March 19, 2013
X Marks the Spot
I will venture upon new territory. When I try to write in a new genre, I feel like I am a treasure hunter. I peruse the authors that write it and write it well. I peruse the authors that write it badly. I look under covers, in between books at the library, in between the lines of a particularly vivacious scene, I look at it all. This April, I will be venturing upon new territory: romance. *deflated fanfare*
I used to look at the genre with distaste. It had its audience (and a loyal audience at that), but I wasn't a part of it. I kept my distance and chuckled as I passed by it. However, writers have to be adventurous and as far as adventure goes..., what is more adventurous than new territory? So, I am committing the month of April (and this upcoming session of Camp NaNoWriMo) to writing a romance novel, of sorts.
Of course, with all that in mind, April is only 13 days away..., and that's counting today. I feel as though I can't stuff enough research and planning into those 312 hours. In all honesty, I have never read any *real* romance and I feel like I've jumped into the middle of the Pacific Ocean by taking on this endeavor. It's a scary thought, knowing that the islands that are there to rescue me are labeled "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Savage Dreams."*
I've said it before and I'll say it again: For me, NaNo is about pushing myself. And that is what I intend to do. My goal for Camp NaNo isn't just to write a romance novel but to reinvent the genre in my eyes. Oh, and write a good book. That's pretty important as well. Now, to find some *good* research material...
*Of course, I've never read them so in all reality, they could be marvelous pieces of literature that should be cherished for all time...and I wouldn't know it.