Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Romance about Running?

"So You Think You Can Write" is the name of Harlequin's writing contest. As the name implies, any work you submit will be critiqued, criticized and most likely rejected by trained editors and the general public. Tough audience? You bet. Writing a fiction book has always been a dream of mine, but to have it published by Harlequin the brand everyone associates with romance would be beyond my wildest dreams.

I have written for newspapers, newsletters, and blogs, but a book is a little different. It's an entire world that you create in your head and these characters well, they become real. Until you get the characters and conversations written, you find yourself standing in the refrigerator looking for milk, but instead wondering how your heroine is going to respond to the invitation the dark, mysterious man flirtatiously initiated. Fiction writing can be challenging especially when you begin writing a detailed scene, and your 2-year-old spills graham crackers all the over floor and begins jumping on them.

So, I've decided to throw my hat in the ring and enter the contest. I'll be placing my regular scheduled fitness post on hold this week while I bang out close to 5000 words, or chapter 1. Of course, it will be about love, a steamy romance, a hot guy, and running. A romance about running? It could work. Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your input.

Plus, I'll be highlighting local moms who are entering as well. Check back tomorrow for the link to read a submission.


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