21 April 2005

"Tension, Suspense, And Being Who You Are"

I cannot write without tension or suspense in my books.

I don’t know, maybe it’s a gene in the brain. In the beginning of the year, when I finished my single title Romantic Suspense, I wanted to try something different–a straight category romance. A sizzling one actually for the Silhouette line Desire. And don’t get me wrong, this book would have tension, but of the sexual nature. *g* But upon researching the line and interviews with the editor, I discovered I had everything in my book idea that the editor WOULDN’T like. (sigh)

But even that did not deter me, because I thought it had a couple of things she would: a dark hero and an edgy story. Well, I ended up feeling like I was writing something that wasn’t me. Just focusing on the romance was tough. I wanted to bring a bad guy antagonist in and make the relationship go haywire, but that would jack-up the gritty suspense factor. Especially if he was a hardcore jealous ex and wanted to beat the crap out of the hero.

So I decided, even though the Harlequin Intrigue and Silhouette Intimate Moments lines were a longer word count, I would aim for them. But lo and behold, I contracted with an agent and had started a young adult book. Although, I have entered the romantic suspense category in the Daphne, so we’ll see how it does.

As for my young adult, I had started it as being a light-hearted read with humor, but yep the tension for my teenage heroine has sky-rocketed. She has dug her self in one fine mess with great consequences. Tension, tension, suspense, suspense.

The moral of this blog entry?

Don’t try to write something that is not who you are. Embrace your strengths as a writer and maybe that dream of pubication will become a reality.

15 April 2005

"Writer Generosity"

In the past 2 years that I have been a writing chapter member, I have come across some generous writers.

Just the other day I asked on one of my writing loops for sample proposals of published works to give me an idea on how to write one for my second book. I didn’t receive an inbox full of offers, but a few generous ladies took the time to send me sample proposals and to congratulate me on signing with an agent. One even offered to read it after I was finished.

This is the kind of generosity that makes you feel not so separate from other writers, makes you feel glad to be part of this same goal of writing wonderful stories. I would never have met my first CP if it weren’t for her generous offer to read the first rough chapter of Deadly Adam way back when it was a mess.

Once I have thanked the writers who have offered advice, that have shared their knowledge, many of them have countered with, “So many have helped me to become published, now I want to give back.”

I will always love being a writer, weaving stories, creating characters, but being part of this whole world of talent and generosity makes the journey of being a writer even better.

Once I am published and feel I have experience to share, I want to give back too. And I’ll be proud to say, “So many have helped me, now I want to give back.”

1 April 2005

"Guest Writer Dianna Love Snell"

How do you get inspiration for your story ideas?

I get inspirations for stories in the oddest ways. I can be in the middle of a conversation with a person and hear something – just a combination of words or a phrase – that sends my mind spinning off into “what if” land. 😉 I had an entire story come from a picture of someone performing for an audience (no, I’m not sharing what this person was doing with a bunch of writers – lol) I saw in a magazine. A weather report gave me another idea. I think my mind stays on “go” constantly and picks up on the strangest pieces of info. When you are looking for a way to spur an idea – start reading an article on something you’re not familiar with (go find a magazine on a subject you haven’t a clue about) and stop mid way. Make a point of stopping when you’d like to finish the article. Let your mind create a story from a character mentioned in the article or a setting that was different. You can always finish the article later. 🙂 Or just cruise through the magazine to see what appeals to that particular crowd. You’d be surprised how much unusual information invigorates your muse.

Dianna Love Snell, RWA Golden Heart and Overall Daphne du Maurier Winner, writes both category and single title Romantic Suspense. To learn more about Dianna visit www.diannalovesnell.com.