C. S. Lewis and writing

CS Lewis

I went to see Shadowlands in Birmingham yesterday, and it was wonderful.  It has kept C. S. Lewis at the top of my mind all day today, too, and this quote is so encouraging.  I’m clutching at fog with a few projects at the moment, but if writing into the dark was good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.

What are you working on at the moment?

Genre specific, or not so specific?

I’ve been reading a lot about marketing online lately.  I know, the creative process, right?  Honestly, a lot of my writing time has been taken up trying to Strategize and Theorize and other words ending in -ize.  It’s making my head spin a bit, and honestly I think I need to shelve the lot and go back to writing.  (Clarification: I am still writing, so many projects, so little time, but getting distracted by big picture stuff is, well, distracting.)

I keep bumping up against the big GENRE question.  Which is: as a writer, should you stick to exclusively one genre, never to step foot into another until you are big and established, with a committed readership?  And even then, maybe you’re better off writing under a pen-name solely devoted to that genre.

It’s confusing, because as a writer, I dabble.  As a reader, I dabble even more.  And frankly, I think I’d be pretty excited if my favourite historical romance author tried their hand at a contemporary mystery.  And vice-versa.

For me, I think my basic genre (inspirational romance) is unifying enough that the sub-genres I like to write in (historical, romantic-suspense, contemporary) don’t require further classification, beyond relevant covers and titles.  But if you are a reader, or a writer, I would love your opinion!  Is it best to keep everything separate, or is a little bit of variety the spice of your literary life?

Words with Friends (2)

Following on from last week’s post about working with critique partners and networking, I’ve finally started to breathe life into the Wattpad account I’ve had for, oh, years!  I tend to lurk on there, read great things, think about how I should put some of my work up, and then get overwhelmed and never actually hit “submit”.

Well, friends, that time is past!  Today I put up chapter one of a little inspy romantic suspense story I’ve been working on: “His Suspect’s Sister”  If you like Christian romance with a decent suspense element and are looking for something new to read…Imma just leave the link right here.  I’m going to be putting up a chapter each week, but I plan to release the full novel in a few weeks, for those of you that aren’t so fond of waiting.  Stay tuned for details.

Readers: Are you on wattpad?  What are you reading at the moment?  (I love new recommendations)

Writers: Are you on wattpad?  Leave a link to your profile/work in the comments, I’d love to check it out!

Words with friends (1)

Something I did in the last year that has helped my writing no end was to find a couple of critique partners to work with.  These are people who are following the same goal I am (writing inspirational romantic fiction) and we work through our individual projects together, emailing sections for critique, brainstorming ideas, and often just supporting one another on the journey.  Writing can get pretty lonely, because when it comes down to it it’s just you and your words, and for me it is so helpful to have some people that share in that.

Also, I thrive on accountability.  I am an obliger, so I do great at meeting obligations set by other people, but my own commitments?  Not so much.  So having critique partners, or knowing that an editor is waiting for my finished MS is a much better motivator than knowing I want it done.  It is one of the reasons I am seeking traditional publishing, alongside self-publishing, that additional layer of accountability.  (More on accountability and reader expectations next week!)

Of course, for a critique partner to work, you have to have something that actually needs critiquing, and knowing there are ~3 people out there who might be waiting to read what’s in store for my characters can be a good motivator to write some more.

Which is what I’m doing right now.  3600 words into my 5k-goal for today.  I left my hero and heroine at the start of an argument.  Time to see what they’re going to do next…

Start at the very beginning

I suppose it’s a good mantra for a writer!

A little about me: I’m Rachel, and I’m from the UK.  I love to write, especially love stories!  Most of my work is contemporary romance or romantic suspense, with an inspirational element.  I’m hoping to dip my toe properly into historicals later in the year (I can’t be the only 20th Century history obsessive, right?)

This blog is the main place to keep updated with information about the projects I’m currently working on, the projects I’m thinking about, other books I’m reading, what television is currently derailing my attempts to write more regularly (!) and probably far too much about tea, because, well…I’m from the UK.  Tea and books is pretty much my jam.

I’m hoping to update this blog at least once a week, and if you’re reading this I’d love to get to know you better.  In the (near) future I’ll be getting a mailing list up and running, in case you are interested in keeping up to date with my current and upcoming releases, but in the meantime feel free to check back here every Thursday for a new post or contact me on twitter (@r_meyers_books )