For lucky week 13, Marketing for Romance Writers blog prompt is:
My greatest weakness
I’ve been demonstrating this weakness ever since I joined the blog hop.
- For the 7 guilty sins prompt, I focused on things that distract me from writing. Everyone else wrote about personal failings.
- For the writing process prompt, I wrote about book structure. Most others described how they work.
- For the greatest strength prompt, I wrote about a writing strength. Everyone else chose a personal strength.
- Last but far from least, I’m a guy writing romance.
My greatest weakness, then, is that I’m a square peg in a round hole.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not an eccentric. I don’t dress to draw attention, I don’t do drugs or alcohol, I’m straight, and my social behavior is within the norm (usually). I appear to be normal. Boringly so, perhaps.
But if you look closely, I just don’t quite fit in. Writing romance, for one thing. Being a working class kid who’s played oboe in various symphonies, for another. Seeking out wilderness living in my youth. And just the way I tend to think differently than most people on matters small and large.
As a writer, I mostly fit the genres . . . but not quite. Though my first six books were traditionally published, I’ve since gone my own way. One of my series is put out by a small press, while I self-publish the other. My current WIP is futuristic romance between an Hispanic woman and a Northwest Coast Indian from the future — and there’s not a huge commercial market for this. But I wanna write what I wanna write.
For the most part, I’m cheerfully resigned to my square peggedness, but it does cause uneasiness (or worse) at times. I’ll bet a lot of you are square pegs, too; writers usually are. Am I right?
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