A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my plot WIP. But much to my surprise, plotting is not the only uncharted water I’ve begun to wade in.
One of the biggest changes is that I’m writing a book geared at adults, not teenagers or younger. At first, I thought it might be a New Adult, but I think it’s going to be a little more broad that that.
And I'm pretty sure my book is going to have romance. Not as a subplot, but as a co-plot.
I kind of blame Kristan Higgins and Shannon Stacey—they made me fall back in love with romance. Like I said, this is a new experience for me—I’ve written romantic scenes but between teenagers—first and second kisses, fade to black or the next day. So, we’ll see how this goes. I believe I may be calling on my blogmates quite extensively in the months to come—because they all do the romance thing so well.
Another first is that I seem to be creating a playlist. Until this book, I never understood the playlist phenomenon. But now, I find myself hearing a song and thinking, “This fits the mood, the spirit, The book.”
My first choice is Madonna’s “This Used To Be My Playground.” Because it’s from the movie, A League Of Their Own and a major plotline has to do with AAGBL.
I’ve also gone from lukewarm about Taylor Swift to jonesing for her new song, “Everything Has Changed”—especially this line, 'Cause all I know is we said, "Hello." And your eyes look like coming home. She says in one line what I want to convey in an entire relationship.
I’ve added Matt Nathanson’s, “Come On, Get Higher” because come on, it's just a sexy-as-hell song.This is new to me so I only have three songs so far, but I figure that more will come.
Another first—my book has a historical subplot. It’s only back to the fifties, but that’s still a period that I have to do research on—World War II, Women playing baseball, Women fighting for their independence—it’s a whole new era. Or an old, depending on how you look at it. And I’m kind of enjoying the journey back to that time.
Not to mention the journey into these foreign literary lands. I think it's going to be a heck of ride.