Writer on the Edge

*sniff* My baby starts kindergarten today. :cry: 

Hey don’t forget about Picture It Monday! Gimme yer best flash fiction (200-500 word story) and post in the comment section of that entry. Winner gets a free copy of TALK DIRTY TO ME! So if you haven’t purchased it yet, now’s your chance to get it gratis. 🙂

I’ve also answered Paperback Writer’s challenge for the freebie download of a new story. You can now get Eorwulf available here FOR FREE. Just click the link at the right, download the PDF file, and enjoy! (Or, heck, just click the link I just provided you to get it for free. WOO!)

And another thing… before I get going. I’m blogging over at ShoeIQ these days. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about shoes! So be sure to check it out. My entry is currently up and I’ll be posting twice a week.

I think my cat hates the new Tidy Cat litter. Hey it’s not my fault they changed it to make it more scoopable and clumbable (are those words?). Anyway, he sort of made a grumble at me this evening when I got home. He’s picky enough about his litter box – he insists I scoop every single day. Go figure!

Good progress this weekend on Nice Girls Do. I’ve busted the 30,000 mark! WOOHOO! I am aiming to finish the book this week, even though my goal was this past weekend. I just got wrapped up in doing some computer maintenance so I didn’t get to write as much as I wanted. Which is okay, really. I’m this close to finishing. I’m headed toward the Black Moment and then the Climax and then the Resolution so I should be able to knock it out this week.

I’ve also started the third and final installment of the Coffee House Chronicles: Take Me I’m Yours. It’s off to a good start.

And now here’s what I really wanted to talk about today. Recently, I was asked an interesting question about my writing. Since I do write romance, and that includes steamy love scenes, someone said “Do you write about what you want or about what you like?”

Um. Wow. What a question. Here’s how I explained it. I said it’s not about me at all. It’s about the characters. THEY tell me where to take their story and how to write it and how  hot their sex is. They dictate it to me, almost as though they were channeling through me. Which sounds totally weird and like I might need to be checked into a mental hospital. But it’s true. And then someone said, “But don’t you write just a little bit about yourself?”

Of course not! Never! Okay, maybe just a little. Yes, it’s true I bring my life experiences to my characters. There isn’t a writer alive that doesn’t. We have to have these life experiences to make our writing rich and our characters real. It’s how we breathe life into our stories. How we make the people in our stories seem as though you’ve known them all your life. It really has nothing to do with the sex (although, I have to admit, it’s been a while for me so I’m not exactly sure if I remember how it all works…was that TMI??) :hehe:

Writing romance has become like breathing to me. I want to see them fall in love and get their HEA (happily ever after) and that doesn’t necessarily include marriage and a baby carriage (K-I-S-S-I-N-G…okay…sorry). I want to see how hot their sex can be when they finally get together. I want it to be explosive and romantic and so spine-tingling that the reader needs a fan to cool off. And I’m not talking about a person standing up and cheering.

Okay this is getting silly. I want to hear from all you romance writers. Whether you’re just starting out or multi-published. Or even if romance isn’t your primary genre. When you write a scene in a book, how much of your life experience do you bring to the pen (or the keyboard, whichever the case may be)?

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.