Thea Devine today, urging you to take a time out from all the industry turmoil, questions, opinions, critiques, disappointments, marketing questions, publicity plans, and opportunities, and just sit down and write something for the pure joy of it.
Write something you want to write exactly the way you envision it and want to write it. Don’t think about editors, critique groups, beta readers, marketing requirements, anything. Just write.
Write the way you used to write before the idea of publications was even a gleam in your eye.
Write what interests you. I believe with all my heart that what interests me will interest the reader. You see that when there’s a wave of books centering on the same elements: babies, vampires, billionaires, surviving a dystopian future.
Writing for joy doesn’t require any critiquing except your own. Guard what you’ve written with all that’s within you. And you must not only like what you write, you must LOVE what you write.
If you love what you’re write, your conviction and the love shine through. A reader can tell. So write for joy because you’re a reader and there’s a story you want to tell that you would want to read.
I love what I write, every single word, even the mss that have been rejected, even things I wrote years ago.
Write for joy because it’s so liberating.
Write for joy because there’s no one standing over your shoulder saying, “you can’t.” You absolutely can.
Write for joy to reconnect with why you love to write in the first place.
And most of all, write for joy because — you can.
Have you ever written for joy? Just for you? Did you love it? Was it different? The same? Did you let go more than you thought you would?
Thea Devine is the author of more than two dozen erotic romances. She’s currently at work on a contemporary erotic romance and happy for the reissue of five of her early backlist titles in Kindle editions.