I've got a sneaky suspicion it's the latter. Which wasn't what was intended, and yet there I am in Chapter 13 with far too many characters and none of them seem interested in finding the closest closet, darkened alcove or shadowed garden. *sigh* That's not to say we haven't exchanged a nice kiss or two--might've been three, in fact. And it was a most satisfying moment, but there's still that part of the author in me who wonders what the heck I'm doing.I write romances. Right? With the occasional dark, fantasy twist, true. But they are romances...aren't they?
Currently I've got boy meets girl, rearranges the existing political structure of the kingdom and everyone lives happily ever after. Except there seems to more in-fighting amongst the nobles than kicking up of skirts. There's always the opportunity to go back to the beginning and re-engineer the focus of the storyline, but then again it is possible that this story was never meant to be about him and her and all the fun to be found in the sack.Oft-times when cruising the submission calls out on the world wide web, I stumble across the random "will also consider works with romantic elements" or the "please only romance".
And so I sit here, with a story that's straddling the great void between established genres and the vast unknown. It's a bit scary. And exhilarating. I think I'll jump.So, this is what I learned for this NaNo. My muse is being most insistent that I depart from established ways and explore new regions...and so I must.
In Chapter 14 I think there might be a duel and possibly a coup...how utterly delicious! What surprises has your muse sprung upon you lately?