When I first started writing I read every craft book I could get my hands on. I read “write what you know,” over and over again. This seemed like realistic advice and a great approach to the newbie writer that I was.
As I became more and more experienced, I pushed myself into writing outside of the comfort zone of what I knew. Jesse’s Brother takes place on a ranch in a small Oregon town. Guess what? I’ve never been on a ranch before and I’m a big city kind of girl so I didn’t have the experience other than the occasional trip to the local petting zoo. But I learned and was able to pull it off.
The biggest lesson that writing taught me was that “writing what you know” isn’t the most important thing after all.
One day at a book signing, some authors and I went on a short field trip to an astrology store. I love fairies and the store had a fabulous display of them. Well, later that night I found a submission request in my in-box. I got all excited over the idea that popped into my head. A fantasy romance with a matchmaking fairy! I started writing with excitement for this genre that was new to me. You see, I don’t read or watch or write anything that has to do with fantasy. I wrote and wrote but then got stuck! I haven’t had writer’s block in so long and couldn’t understand why it happened at that moment.
After reworking scenes, trying to add stuff, and continued to be stuck I figured out the problem. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story or the characters. Both had promise. The problem was that I didn’t believe in the story. Even when I tried working on one of my other WIPs I continued to be stuck until I finally discarded the novel because I didn’t think I was the correct person to writing that genre.
Now I believe it isn’t “write what you know” but it is “write what you believe in!”
A teaser from my newest release:
Jordan slid to the side so she could position herself in front of the monitor and keyboard. His hand brushed her thigh, sending sparks through her. It took effort to remind herself that the task at hand was much more important than his thigh resting against hers, or his hand moving to the back of her chair and his fingers playing with a strand of her hair.
Denying the temptation was a lost cause. She wanted Jordan, and wanted him bad, but she could only admit it to herself. Even though she was supposed to be looking for her daughter, every part of her body yearned for Jordan’s touch.
Author Bio: Wendy Ely is a contemporary romance author. She writes some romantic suspense, really hot stories, and the wonderful happily-ever-after. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her own real-life hero and her two teenagers.
You can find Wendy:
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-Ely/159969607422152
Amazon author page: http://amzn.com/e/B008SA6TJK