Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Eyes Have Been Opened By A Playlist

Seriously, how could I be so dense?

Weeks (months?) ago, one agent graciously rejected my partial and suggested I should market it as a paranormal romance instead of a YA fantasy. I was a little confused, but at the same time I figured she knew what she was talking about. Ever since then, I've put querying on hold as I let that bit of information sink in.

Today I was listening to my playlist for Fade Into Me on Grooveshark. Anytime I hear a song that makes me think of a certain character or scene from a work in progress I save it to Grooveshark. As I listened to this list (while cooking dinner) it finally sunk in. EVERY song is a love song.

I know this sounds silly, but I think this will help me finish polishing this story. There have been little bits that just WON'T be smoothed, and now I know why. I've been trying to fit my romance into a genre it didn't really fit. In fact, I sort of ignored a lot of the romance elements because I didn't want it to be a romance.

Time to face the facts. FIM is a romance with a younger protagonist. Plain and simple. I should roll with it.

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  1. I've come to accept that my stories are heavy on the romance aspect, even though they're other things too. I just roll with it now. And I love how music plays such a huge role in my writing. Good luck!

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    1. I never really plan on the romance, and I think that shows. Perhaps it's time I accepted it too and actually planned out the "steps" to the romance thread.

      Good luck with your book release in October!

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  2. Now you know! Make it happen.
    My latest had an edge of something and I had to leave it at that - just an edge - because that's where it fit.

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    1. Sometimes and edge is good! Mine, not so much. LOL. Time to "make it so!"

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  3. Wow. Fascinating where inspiration comes from, isn't it?

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    1. Yes! This is one reason I'm a radio "scanner". I don't listen to just one station, one style of music. You never know what tune or words are going to strike a cord.

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  4. It's always nice to finally figure something out about a story we're stuck on. Good luck with getting everything smoothed out and it done. =)

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    1. Thanks Patricia! *sigh* And to think I thought I was done with this one. Still going to revise Talia's next story as my main priority this month, but a little tweaking here and there should get Ryanne's story "out the door".

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  5. Grooveshark? I'm so behind the times.

    Must let the book be what it wants to be...

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    1. Love Grooveshark! Go check it out. Still love Pandora too, but I use them for different things.

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  6. Roll with it... yes.
    It will unfold as it should... and be what it's meant to be.

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    1. So true. I just wish I knew what it was meant to be much earlier. :)

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  7. However it happens, it's great when the clouds disappear and there is nothing but blue sky in your story.
    On a totally different note - I thought you might like to know that the new Doctor Who series gets underway in the UK from next weekend. The lead role is being played by a fellow Scot, a fine actor called Peter Capaldi. I'll keep you posted.

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    1. I can barely wait to see how the new Doctor will work out. We like to joke about the fact Peter Capaldi was in the Pompeii episode so long ago.

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