NOTE: the pictures in this post have absolutely nothing to do with the subject! Promise! But I'd like to point out that Tyra Banks should totally make LuLu her next Top Model! I'll tell you why (in the notes under the pics)
The real subject of today's post is to tell you all how the idea for my first novel started (note I said first novel)
Does anyone remember that "Ghosting It Forward" thread from Halloween 08 where the challenge was to write a ghost story? Do you remember how I went a little crazy and wrote a mini-novel about two horse crazy girls who went for a ride in a haunted forest?
(LuLu can always "find the light")
Well...that story didn't end when I quit posting about it. Oh no! I was inspired! I kept going with the intent of writing a pre-teen/teen drama (with a bit of thriller/sci-fi thrown in for good measure.)
(LuLu even looks pretty in her sleep!)
But then....I was about 20,000 words mark when something happened.
What? You may ask.
Twilight. That's what!
(LuLu "knows her angles")
I thought that it would be a good idea to read a few other teen fiction books to get an idea of the writing prose, language, style etc... I thought I'd read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Harry Potter. But I figured out something very important by the time I had finished the Twilight series... something that quickly stomped out my desire to write within the teen fiction genre! Let me tell you!
The Twilight series left me incompressible....terribly, inexplicably, sexually bereaved!
There! I said it! And I know you were thinking it too!! Dont tell me that when you turned the page on the night of Bella and Edwards honeymoon to find "the next morning" you didn't feel utterly depraved!!
You wanted the glorious, juicy, sexy details! Didn't you? Didn't you! Well so did I!
I wanted to read som...
Bodice ripping sex. (as Cndcowgirl put it!)
Nora Roberts sex!
Oh glorious SEX!
Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex!
(LuLu can pose down to her pinky toes!)
I didn't write a single word of that story after reading Twilight.
I left the teen fiction genre behind me forever! And you know what?
The very first chapter I wrote of my new book was a delightfully satisfying, bodice ripping sex scene. It was delightful!
(LuLu can "smile with her eyes")
(btw- I'm not a sexual degenerate. Promise.)