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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Where Do I Fit In?

Just a quick update. I thought Gia was just not 100% yesterday but she started coughing and sounded terrible so I took her to the doctor (I do know when to pull my head out of the sand). She has an ear infection and he is pretty sure walking pneumonia. The only way to confirm it was with an x-ray and since he was going to put her on an antibiotic to cover it, there was no point in putting her through that. I got a call from Tommy's school. He had a rash all over his body. I went in, saw that it was a reaction to his antibiotic and gave him Benedryl. Leo did me a huge favor by coming home and working from home so I could go read to Tommy's class without bringing Gia. He won points by bringing me sushi. I called our CF nurse and Tommy's meds were changed so I am hoping that in a few days, all illnesses will be gone (praying that Nico and Isabella will not get it). So I don't have to think of the chaos of the weekend or having sick kids, I am going to write about something besides my family today.

I have said here a bunch of times how I dream of being a published writer. I love to write books and am working on a few. On the very good advice of a very good friend, I checked out The Romance Writers of America website and found that none of the books that I am writing technically qualify as romances. This is what the website said a story needs to be considered a romance novel:

A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around two individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.

Every one of my books revolves around a love triangle. It isn't a subplot, it is the plot. The woman is torn between the two men. The whole book is about the two different relationships and the reader doesn't know who she is going to pick until the end or near the end. They always say write what you love and those are my favorite kinds of movies and that is how I see my books, as movies in my head. My favorite part of writing is that I, myself, don't know how the story will end. After I get an idea, I do an outline and then I start writing but the story doesn't always end the way I think. The characters develop (I hope) as I write and sometimes my original idea develops into something new. I know it sounds strange but they tend to take on a life of their own and I love that part of the process.

The other problem is that I am having a hard time deciding if I am writing an adult book or a young adult book so I start editing for the one and then I hit a road block and go back to editing for the other so I am definitely having editing issues. Plus, I have really grown used to having these characters around so it is still fun to write scenes for them. What is interesting is in writing some of their backstory, I ended up writing two more short stories. Then, there is the love triangle story but within that, there are three more subplots. I think what I have to do is research the young adult fiction genre and see if I have enough written to do a small series. Even writing that I would have enough for a series is exciting.

It has occurred to me that because I might not fit anywhere, this book might just stay a movie in my head.


At May 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

I haven't read your material in a long time, Ann Marie, but from what I remember of your work it would probably fall in YA genre. And in YA you can pretty much write about anything - love triangles, supernatural, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. It is also currently one of the (if not THE) highest paid genres of literature to write and publish. I can't recall if the RWA memberships include YA writers. But YA is so incredibly popular right now, that I'm SURE there has to be support for YA writers that is similar to or even better than RWA.

Love triangles are really hot right now too, (thanks to Stephanie Meyer) so don't be discouraged about where you fit. It sounds to me like you're very much on the right track! ;)

At May 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

This is pretty much what I was thinking of where I fit in. I have the most fun researching this genre by reading books in the Young Adult section. They definitely aren't the books we used to read when we were younger. There was a section in the RWA but I am going to see if there is anything for that specifically.

At May 23, 2011 at 6:49 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

"They definitely aren't the books we used to read when we were younger."
I know, right!? I'm not sure there even IS a market for Sweet Valley High type books anymore! All teenage girls want nowadays is to get sucked dry by vampires! O.o

At May 29, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

There is definitely not. I don't think in my wildest dreams, when I was a teenager, did I want to fall in love with a vampire. :)


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