Well hey there! I’m back! And with writing advice as promised.
The past year has been pretty chaotic in a lot of ways. The one that’s hitting home the most at the moment is work. I went from part-time seasonal help at a local retail store to management to taking over the customer service role for the entire chain of stores. It’s been a bit of a whirl wind.
Customer service has been a big part of pretty much every job I’ve ever had. Stepping into that part of the role has been relatively seamless. I’m managing things well and nothing has burned to the ground on my watch. Let’s call that a success.
Also, as part of this role, I’ve taken over some additional administrative responsibilities for the senior officers at the company. Sometimes I get thrown for a loop by the small stuff. I’ve never really had to do it, so it’s been enlightening. I’ve learned things. I’ve grown as a person. It’s been hit home for me that even the smallest experiences have value.
And this brings me around to my actual writing related point. Letting yourself get caught in a rut can be fatal. It can result in a couple of different things:
A: Your dialog and sex scenes become ‘by wrote’.. Tab A goes into Slot B. Rinse, repeat. As a reader, nothing disgusts me more than a sex scene by an author that could have literally been from any of their books.
What I mean is… if I can’t pick up on the chemistry between the two (or more) characters in the scene… or if it feels phoned in like a passage of a book I’ve read before, I have to wonder why I paid good money for something that was clearly a throw-away to the author.
B: You bleed the well of dominant biker werewolf alphas their virgin secretaries dry. I get it. You may be into that, but … the same book over and over isn’t nearly as fun to read as you’d think.
In the spirit of this, I’m going to try my hand at a M/M book. Wish me luck. *squeal* It’s way outside of my comfort zone, but I’m finding that maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.
Anyway, I hope that my rambles have given you food for thought about your own work. I encourage you to start a project that maybe you wouldn’t normally undertake. You never know what you’re capable of until try.
Til next week!