I guess you could say September marked my first romance-writing "birthday."
A year ago, I began writing my first contemporary romance manuscript. Like an infant, I slid into the romance-writing world with no real experience, just pure instinct and an inherent desire to sleep, eat and breathe romance. I mean, I've been reading romances since before I was supposed to be reading them.
I know you know what I'm talking about here.
How many of you pilfered your mother's, aunt's, grandmother's, insert a relation's name here, romances from that stack of novels "hidden" from chubby fingers and eager eyes? As an impressionable twelve year old, I was supposed to be reading Francine Pascal's "Sweet Valley" series NOT Janet Dailey's "Night of the Cotillion," which, by the way, remains one of my favorite novels to this very day.
While I'm far from an "adult" when it comes to writing romance, I'm definitely growing, getting stronger and learning more day after day. Baby steps, Tina.
Let's recap the past year. I completed my first contemporary series romance manuscript, started a second manuscript, completed a novella, entered three contests (am a finalist in two of them,) and attended my first writers conference.
What's important to note here is that these aren't milestones I've accomplished all on my own. Without the support, guidance and expertise of some very strong and intelligent women I've met through writing forums and the recent writing conference, I have a feeling that, to put it bluntly, I'd still be sitting in my own poo, screaming at the top of my lungs.
I hope you'll join me here to follow my, and share your own, writing milestones. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. I'm ready. Are you?
Romance is a journey... enjoy the ride.