Gotta have the Romance

For a while now, I’ve been noticing that whenever I try to read a Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel and it doesn’t have any subplot involving romance, I tend to get bored pretty quickly. What I end up doing? Put whatever book I’m reading down, go on my Kindle Unlimited, browse through the romance section, pick one with an interesting premise, and finish the book that same day. Sigh…It’s like a romance fix! 

Anyway, even though I don’t have any specific writing goals in mind, I still want to start again. But, I’m having a hard time because I can’t decide what kind of story I want to write. My mind says Sci-Fi with elements of Fantasy and Romance. But my heart says Romance with elements of Fantasy or Sci-Fi. More sighs. I read books because I’m mainly after the romance subplot (or possibility thereof), so I find that I also have to emulate this model with writing because that’s the best way for me to find the motivation to write. 


Starting Over

It’s been almost 7 years since I started this blog. Do I still want to be a full-time indie writer? Yes, of course. Has my expectations changed since then? Definitely. I’ve finally come to realize that I can’t move forward without starting over.

Back then, when my life was so different and I was much more ignorant than I am now, I didn’t fully comprehend what it took to become a novelist while having a full-time day job. I was in denial about the discipline required to get the words down. I’m looking at things a bit more realistically now. I still have a full-time day job to contend with, but now I’m finally free to spend my time off however I wish without the constant shadow of college work. I’m not going to set any writing goals for myself at this time, but I would like to establish more disciplined habits going forward.

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.
—Stephen McCranie