I may be a tiny bit behind on my goal of writing a million words this year, but it’s not out of reach. I’ve written a lot of poems in the past month, and have done some heavy work on world development, characters and the plot for two books in different series. I’m really excited by both series, and took the time to read several books on craft (I recommend Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland).
I’d hoped to have the next book out by the end of this month, but I’m running about three weeks behind. That means an April release for Warden of Storms under my pen name K K Ness. In the past, I’ve felt disappointed or ashamed by publishing delays. This year feels different, where my focus is on developing as an author, focussing on craft, and not worrying so much about deadlines.
It’s feeling good so far.
And following on from my last post, the PDT treatment on my face went really well. Most of the redness receded after ten days, and my skin is now clear and better than it was before. I’m kinda looking forward to the next few rounds of PDT, too. There’s a certain relief in knowing that a medical issue is being dealt with, rather than being left to fester.
So 2019 is shaping up to be a healthful, productive year!
I met a rather lovely guy in a sociology class today, who asked me what I did when I wasn’t studying. When I told him I was a novel writer, he said, ‘Romance?’ When I politely told him I wrote fantasy, he replied, ‘Oh, magical romance.’
Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing harmful about a woman writing romance. Some of my favourite books are firmly seated in that genre, written by women whose ability to create story and structure leaves me in awe. What I resent is the assumption that being a woman and a writer automatically means I write romance to the exclusion or subversion of any other genre.
Feeling a bit glum at having to discuss women’s ability to write damn good fiction no matter the genre, I used a study break to look up inspiring quotes by female writers. Naturally, there’s a lot, so I’ll be posting a few every week. This is to remind myself and others that female authors are important and valuable contributors in the writing industry, and do not deserve to be pigeonholed because of gender. Enjoy.
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
“Tell almost the whole story.” Anne Sexton
“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.” Rainbow Rowell
“If you want to cry, you’re not going to like my books.” Janet Evanovich
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” Jane Austen
“Write what should not be forgotten.” Isabel Allende