Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Am I a Writer or a Wimp?

Hi Blog, I haven't been here in a while as I've been busy writing! Yeah, I know! It's what I'm supposed to be doing! And I was working happily on the sequel to 'Through all Eternity' (B009MFQUBC on Amazon) when a Regency Lady who proved not to be so Lady-like, took over my muse!
She's 25 and if she can't get her best friend, neighbor, and only love to show her what making love is all about she's going to die a virgin! He says he will never marry, so be it, but surely he could show her just once? He has a dark ugliness in his soul that he believes makes him unfit to be any woman's wife, especially someone raised with the ladylike expectations of marriage as his JC has! But she is determined to open 'Pandora's Box' (and I really did argue that even if I could write what she was telling me there was stuff in that Box I couldn't, just couldn't, publish!) and she was just as determined her story would be told! Too bad about another story half-written - or my wimpishness!
Write mine! she demanded.
I thought I could get away with writing a quick novella (which I could hide in the bottom of a drawer) and then she would be happy. Not! I started writing it at the beginning of July and it's already 66,000 words long with probably another 20,000 to go. And it's the kind of story I really considered dredging up a pseudonym for. Thank goodness my Mum's not around to read it! But wait! I have kids, grandkids, and even great-grandkids! (I hide my face. ;((
Then on FB Karina Bliss posted a link to 50 Rantypants Snidbits Of Random Writing & Storytelling Advice
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/... a blog by Chuck Wendig. Of course I had to share it too. (Warning! Uncensored language! :))
So far I've only read to #10 BUT I then I had to share the link with a couple of other writers, go back and find it on FB and share it there too, sign up to follow Chuck Wendig's blog, copy #10 and print it out to stick on my wall - and blog about it!
Among the uncensored stuff (which I've sensored!) he says, "Be brave! Be powerful! Take risks. Write big. Write without fear. Write with blood, guts, madness and majesty!" 
Now you really will have to check into his blog and read all the really good stuff I censored out!
So, I ask myself, am I a writer or a wimp? 
And when I allowed the story to flow, I found once again, that it wasn't just about the 'beyond-sexy sexy stuff' - it was, as always, about the power of unconditional love to heal.
So hopefully I can do it justice and write it with all its 'blood, guts, madness and majesty'.
Harlequin have asked to see the first 3 chapters! 


  1. Way to go Jenny

    I love it when my muse comes out to play and that's what's happening with my current WIP.

    Good luck with your submission to Harlequin... I love your Regency stuff too.

  2. Thanks Shirl! I wannA go live in regency England - as a Lady of course!

  3. Bloody Awesome, Jen. Can't wait to read it when it comes out!
    Great to see you today, thanks so much for the kick in the pants last week and the great advice,

    1. Thanks Lizzi! Yesterday was awesome - I so agree! Kicks in the pants are free whenever you need them!! :))