On writing

I think that you have to write what you have to write. That’s it, that’s all. Do what you love. Make joy in your life. If other people have a problem with it, it’s THEIR problem.

I once read an article, many years ago, about a Romance Writers conference. It seemed that the writers tended to be very well dressed, professional looking, intelligent, educated women, which is not what the general public would necessarily expect. Well, in my not so humble opinion, if you want to be a writer, especially a successful one at that, you’ve got to be intelligent anyway. Call me prejudiced. If you’ve tried writing, and especially if you’ve finished a novel or five, you know it is not the easiest thing in the world to do.

I say plug away, do it, follow your dreams, and have fun at it.

I’ve read a few romances in my time. They’re not my favourite genre (I’m a science fiction junkie). I found varying degrees of writing, just like in any other genre. Some were somewhat formulaic or predictable, others were refreshing and highly entertaining. Just like any other genre. For years, science fiction was frowned upon because it was so unrealistic. Some people still frown on it. I’m not letting them stop me, and I don’t think anyone else should either.

Do what brings you joy. Ignore those who would bring you down.