Among these pages is where you will find my alter ego, Renee Roman. She is an out and proud lesbian (something we have in common)who writes lesbian romance and erotica.
You will also see where a dream becomes a reality.
How does one describe the craft of writing? It is the place where an author bends over paper for hours on end, or taps on the keyboard into the wee hours of the night, or dictates page upon page of thoughts. Meals are skipped, coffee infused, loved ones ignored, and the rest of the world falls away. Engrossed in imagined places, creating relationships with the people described while building segments of life that involve trials and tribulations, heartbreak and joys, laughter and tears. Sounds a lot like real life, doesn’t it? If so, then it means I am doing it right. Stories must feel real to keep a reader interested. To compel them to turn the page, and the next, and all the ones that follow.
A good storyteller can pull all these pieces and parts together into a semblance of order and make it believable, even if only for the time a reader is focused on the page. He or she is there, immersed and intertwined in the beauty of the written word. If you’ve ever suddenly gasped, quietly cried, or laughed out loud while reading, then you have experience first-hand the best the craft has to offer. For make no mistake about it, writing is an art.
Perhaps that leads to more questions. Is there some magical formula that brings about the birth of an idea, nursing it along, pulling it apart only to put it back together again? And then, to shatter it totally under the guise of editing…an abortion of sorts, that rips my heart out and makes me bleed because, after all, this is my baby. No one else gave it life. It is mine and mine alone. Like a worried parent, I fret and sweat and fear it will never be good enough. Or no matter what I do, or how many times I “tweak” it, it will miss the mark. Will readers enjoy it? Will they identify with the characters? Does the story line make sense? Ultimately, writing is the art of answering questions.
Then there are the many other considerations to ponder. There are formulas to follow. Guidelines to review. Order and method. The grammatical issues, spelling, and punctuation. Point of view. Active or passive voice. Antagonist. Conflict. Resolution. You name it; it needs to be included in the finished product. The finished product needs to be the best I can possibly present to a publisher, and more importantly, to the readers. After all if there aren’t readers there’s no need for a publisher. As much as I am in love with my characters and their stories, I hope that there’s a need for more than a few token copies to be printed.
If you want to feel the words on the page, if you have a desire to experience romance and passion, if you possess a sense of adventure…join me on my journey to fulfillment in the world of the written craft.