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How do you respond to someone calling your writing smut or demeaning your work in some other way?
I hate to admit that part of the reason I never let anyone know what I write for close to 30 years was because of that stigma. I get little support from family/friends, who say nasty things about smut, trash, and filth novels. I get just as miffed when people say yeah, I’ve read a few bodice rippers. I’m thinking, so, the last time you read anything was 1972? Interesting. 😉
To those who say such things to my face now (including friends/family): I throw Jane Austen at them, and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago, and anything else I can think of that is ‘amazing’ to the world and yet isn’t considered romance when it is! Or, I ask them, did you like The Notebook? They usually shut up.
I’m a writer; it’s what I do, and the chosen fiction I desire to write about is romance. I can’t be made to feel anything other than proud of my efforts, and I really don’t want to let these hurtful comments bring me down. The statistics prove our writing is what sells most, and we have more support blogs to prove that point than any, other form of fiction. With that in mind, the ego boost comes in thinking that these negative remarks are made by closet readers of romance and leave it go at that 😉
When critiquing or beta reading, do you ever find the voice of the other author creeping into your writing?
No. I even read while I’m writing (which some say is a no-no) and only jot down interesting style techniques meant to convey emotion — which I’m a bit not good at — and go right back to writing in my own style. I’m too afraid of being a copy-cat to let it slip into my own writing. When I come across a witty or refreshing passage, I wish I’d thought of it first. 😀
What’s one quirky thing you do or must have around you while writing?
Music. Period. I can’t concentrate or think without soma.fm’s Groove Salad or one of my instrumental playlists in the background. It also helps to drown out the distracting, outside noises in summer. Oh, well, there’s my diet coke and e-cig. Ah, and my wall pictures! Almost forgot those. I may be too old for this, but I tape images of hot guys, tropical locales, castles, and anything else I was inspired by for whatever manuscript I’m working on at the moment. Sorry, that was more than just one thing. (pardon me)
Thank you for dropping by and reading my responses to this week’s #LoveWriteChat!
Next, let’s go visit Leslie Hachtel and find out what she has to say.