My tagline, “Embracing my crazy…one character at a time,” essentially sums up how I approach writing and the process of writing. I know there are plenty of manuals on writing and writing style that provide you with hard, fast, and plentiful rules about what you can never do as a writer, about what elements have to be present in your writing in order for it to fit into a genre or subgenre. Honestly, there are even rules and guides about what a hero/heroine must/mustn’t do in order for your story to be a “real romance.”
In my opinion, that’s the largest load of garbage that’s ever been spoon-fed to authors. Yes, there are some things that should remain consistent in writing. Formatting, grammar, etc. are elements that are definitely needed to help make sense of the words we string together. However, even those truths which we hold steadfast can sometimes be bent in order to further our creativity. This is exactly where embracing your crazy comes in. Doing what feels intuitive versus doing what is considered to be the correct method of doing something can ultimately set your muse free and yield you a new and refreshing piece of writing.
For instance, there is this unspoken rule that heroines need to be rescued. After all, the entire purpose of a romance is to create a fictional situation where the heroine is incomplete until her hero comes on the scene to point out her flaws and fix them for her (just in case you didn’t know, that was sarcasm). As silly as that notion sounds many romance novels do depict that exact theme. Some people may like that kind of thing. As for me, I’m a chick from Brooklyn who was raised to save her own day, so I write women that reflect a more modernized ideal of femininity. My heroines are smart, able, and powerful. Oftentimes they’re just as flawed and surly as my heroes are, and they always give as much hell as they get from their male counterparts. My heroines make things happen and most importantly, they offer partnership to their heroes. They fight and love equally in the boardroom and the bedroom.
That’s just one of the ways I’ve found to bend if not break the rules. Come back next month to see what other antics I go through just to embrace my particular brand of crazy.♥
2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance, 2015 Swirl Awards Finalist in Romantic Suspense, bestselling erotic romance author, LaQuette, is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator. LaQuette loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble. Contact her on Facebook, Twitter, @LaQuetteLikes, her website, www.NovelsbyLaQuette.com,
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