I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! We were warm here in Georgia, but Christmas still arrived, no doubt.
Update on books–almost finished with Dr. Carolyn Leaf’s Eat and Think Yourself Smart. Such an awesome book. If you are at all interested in food, or changing the way you think about food, I highly recommend this book. I’ve already bought copies for several friends and family members.
So, here is the time where we are approaching a new year. Somehow, the date, January 1st triggers something mentally within us to think things are brand new. And that’s the point of most of the stories that we right.
Our characters want something new, something different.
They survive struggle after struggle to capture this new thing in their life. And since this is a romance blog, a lot of the times, we have our characters meeting and falling in love–a new start to their lives.
I love new beginnings. I know I’ve mentioned before how much I like to write reunion romances. They are intriguing to me because the hero and the heroine have shared a past. And now here they are in a novel, reconnecting. Those romances are fun to write.
New beginnings have a way of attracting people. I love how when writing a story we, as the author, get to think of all these fun ways to start a book and push our characters onto a new horizon-sometimes a horizon they don’t know even exists!
To be honest, that’s one hard thing about being an author. A lot of us LOVE beginnings and have several books started because we love writing that first meet, the first situation of conflict. Everything shiny and new.
Then real life hits. And sometimes I think it stalls me as an author. Just like we have to push through our lives, our characters have to push through theirs, but we have to actually write that! I have started probably 5 books that I haven’t finished. I know authors who have started more than that, and never got past those first couple of chapters.
New beginnings hold so much promise!
Do you ever go into a book store and read the first page or so of a book? I love to do that! (Confession time!) But I really do. Especially if I know an author is a newly published author. I love to see what captured an editor’s eye regarding the story.
What are your favorite types of story beginnings? Do you like suspenseful ones, reunion stories, the blind date type of beginning? I’d love to hear what captures your attention when starting a new book!
Happy New Year!