>What would you write?


I was thinking about writing today- I know, when don’t I think about it? But today it was about what I write vs what I write and why. I’m talking genres.
We love a great story and have a driven desire to write our own. Face it, everyone would love to be ‘the next (place famous author’s name here)’. Me? Well, I adore MS. Roberts, Louis L’Amour, Sherryl Woods, Sharon Sala, Paula Roe, Yvonne Lindsay, Brenda Novak- I have a lot of favorite authors, so I hate that question, “Who’s your favorite author?” Why must I choose just one? Who made up the rule that we have to have one favorite anything? My tastes range from historical, western, to single titles and contemporary category, on to melodramatic, funny, sensual, suspenseful, paranormal (yep, Twilight freak here)- so why just one? Who can answer that question honestly ? Someone tell me just one specific author they like more than any other- I’ll sit over here in my padded corner and eat my flip-flop as they do.

So, I was thinking about this today. Each of my cps write differing genres from what I write. One likes medical, one or two paranormal, suspense, some venture into steampunk (which I thank them for because I never knew what that was until they wrote it), and I wouldn’t be surprised to read erotica from them. The one theme in common, why we are so great together? We all read various genres and know about more than just the one we prefer. And it’s all romance. Ok, maybe that’s two common themes, but we aren’t living in a plastic bubble when it comes to reading or writing. And I began to wonder if I could write anything I choose, what would it be?

You’re asking “Don’t you do that already?” No. Well, maybe I do, but not every writer does. I believe the stories and comments I’ve heard, that some of us choose to write, while others are chosen. I also feel the same holds true for the genres we write.
I’m no exception to this. I grew up hiding romances- Barbara Cartland- and True Detective Magazine from my old fashioned daddy.The first because he would have had a cow that his twelve year old read ‘smut’, all the while honing my own craft. Heck, at twelve even I didn’t know that was what I was doing. I hid the second because of all the blood, gore, and horror of those true stories, because a) the stories scared sleep right out of me and kept me awake all night, and b) because they gave me nightmares that kept me awake half the night. But those were the kinds of stories I liked, maybe was even addicted to.

When I began to seriously write five years ago I knew what I’d write. Or, did I? Sure. Either hot or suspenseful.
I wrote hot, it fit, it was what I like to read-‘they’ say its important to write what you like to read. ‘They’, those voices that be, also say to write what you know. Desire-here I come! I wrote and submitted my first full manuscript (MS) to Silhouette Desire.


I wrote by these two guides. I was told my voice was ‘fit’ more to Special Edition. What??? My voice had nothing to do with it, I typed the whole 258 pages! Ah- then I learned that my voice had everything to do with it. That was the tone in which I wrote, the single most important thing that separates me from anyone else as a writer. And what happened to me happens to many writers. I may have chose to write, chose the content of my mss, names of character, titles, have great scenes planned, and so forth- but the genre chose me according to my voice. I write somewhere between tender and contemporary romance. I’m fine with that. Heck! I’m great with it, as long as I stay true to my voice.

So, if you could write anything you wanted…what would you write?


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site https://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com/ when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), https://www.etsy.com/people/cmselfridge and https://poshmark.com/closet/okieflips I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 06/09/2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. >That's great Elisabeth. You have a strong medical voice. I've been told for ease of genre specification we should choose just one genre to write, that being our strongest voice, and go with it. Be careful not to mix them up too much because then you run the risk of not fitting anywhere and then it becomes hard to get it published. Choose just one; medical, suspense, or erotica, until you are established or have an agent to shop those multi-genres out for you.Good luck with your current submission! Can't wait to hear your good news first!!!! 🙂 Oh- and 'we' had better be first (after Mike and kids of course. :D)


  2. >That's great you've found your voice, and I have to say it works for you, I definitely see you as a SSE author.For me, I've tried all I can to get away from writing medicals, but those darn stories keep coming to me along with suspense/erotic. So I've decided to brace it and just write in those genres.


  3. >I love historical romance but alas, I'm an idiot when it comes to remembering enough factual era data. No matter HOW many times I look it up. So, I write my NEXT favorite genre. Paranormal romance.


  4. >Believe me Dennis, I've had those secondary characters too. Nuisances I say! lol But I think I have my voice down to some reasonable extent.Gale, I love your wolf-shifter! I would love to finish one of my paranormals, but I don't feel I'm there yet.Denise, I write what I want, just wish I could write everything I want. lol I'm satisfied reading historical/regency. I know I could never pull off one of my own and I do admire those writers who can!Alicia, I love you voice! Your stories are amazing and fun. I can't wait to read your next one. Thanks to all who visit.


  5. >Great post, Calisa. I think I'm still struggling a little to figure out the 'voice' thing, but I do write what I want to write. I can't imagine writing something that wasnt'your 'heart's desire' – writing is difficult enough without not loving what you're writing. My number one is suspense and I love paranormal, so I have a tendency to blend the two. I'm envious of those writers whose characters take the story for them. I've always worked much harder at it than my characters. Perhaps I should pick people who are more ambitious to star in my novels. 🙂


  6. >I pretty much DO write what I want to write–fantasy and romance. I wish I knew the culture enough to write those snarky chick lit books because I love the humor, but I'm a bit too out of the cultural loop to be convincing. I'd also like to write regency romances but I don't know enough about that culture either, though I've gleaned just enough info to "think" I could. A true Regency Romance Author would probably read me the riot act (over mistakes) if I really tried. With Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, I've certainly got enough of a playing field to entertain my Muse. Thank heavens!


  7. >I had the hardest time trying to understand what voice meant. Someone said it's your own unique way of telling a story, so I figure it comes out no matter what genre you write. I start with the characters and they tell me where to go. I had my hero in a suspense plot, then a vampire story before he convinced me he was a wolf-shifter.


  8. >My favorite is Sci Fi and Comedy. I am better at Sci Fi. My humor needs work. It's great that you found your voice and are comfortable with the genre. I find that after I pick my characters, they start telling me what they want on the paper. What is really fun is when a secondary character takes over and I have to go back and cut out 20 pages that he/she dictated to me.Dennis ClarkstonAKA Clark Stone


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