writing rants

writing rants

I just can't stop the word vomit...

Tammara Webber inspires me as a writer. She did 2 years ago and she still does today. THIS post. This post has me screaming, I know! YES! You are SO right! I understand!

Mindy, what are you freaking talking about?!

I'm talking about the "new" New Adult genre. I say new in quotations because technically, as Tammara stated in her post, it was an attempted genre back in 2009. For those of you that don't know what New Adult(NA) is...it's a genre that portrays college aged characters. BUT because some authors have taken liberties with the sexual content it's also known as "smut for teenagers", which drives me up the wall!

Mindy, why are you so amped up about this?

I'm amped up about this because number ONE: I've read quite a few books in the new adult genre that are definitely not smut, but because they are in the NA genre they are automatically labelled as sexed-up YA. They don't deserve that kind of negative connotation. These books are legit. They deal with real and raw issues and have powerful messages of hope and enduring. And surprise! They aren't full of sex!

Okay, but Mindy, what does this have to do with you?

That brings me to number TWO: My new book, the untitled WIP, is about characters in their 20's. Because of this it can't fall under YA, but obviously I can't label it NA or I'll be among those authors accused of writing smut for teens. Which I have absolutely NO intention of doing. I don't think any author has that intention.

But could my book be labelled adult? No. Because you label a book "adult" and automatically many just assume, it's adult...there's probably a lot of language or sex or violence. Why does NA have to be labelled smutty? Just because you write an adult book does that automatically mean it's smut for adults? Not all adult books have language and explicit sex. So why does the NA genre have to automatically be labelled as a romance or smut for teens?

I've even seen some readers get upset with an author for categorizing her book as NA when it didn't include any sex. The woman wrote about college-aged characters, but did it conservatively and tastefully then proceeded to get ridiculed. My gosh, people, what is the deal?

I'm in the same boat as Tammara.  I need a new genre, my friends. For now we will just go ahead and call is Tame NA.

writing rants


I've been in a writing slump recently and I HATE writing slumps because then I feel like my time is just wasting away as I sit on my couch and do nothing, but watch TV or stalk people on facebook(that's all facebook is really...a stalking tool). Five years ago I would have reveled in the idea of just vegging and watching TV. During college that's all my roommates and I did and I loved it. But now I just feel unproductive and useless if I'm not writing or reading a book on my to-read list. What is THAT about? I can't even just relax anymore. HELP! For the love of all things help me get out of this writing slump. I've got Ember to finish for goodness sake! The story is there somewhere in my head I've just got to get it on paper dangit!

Oh, PS...12 days

kaleidoscope, writing rants

our love/hate relationship

okay. so when i think about kaleidoscope...yes. there's the title! i'll give you little tid bits along the way...i can't just throw it all at you. what would be the fun in that? i digress,(i've always wanted to say that) i get little butterflies in my stomach.
every indie writer i've ever blog-stalked will tell you the same thing with their first self-pubbed book...they really don't think anyone will read it. it's the fear they all have and i have it too. so, if you don't actually believe anyone will buy it, why put it out there? BECAUSE as writer's we have this undeniable need to share these little stories we concoct in hopes that someone will love it as much as we do!
i won't lie...i have a bit of a love/hate relationship with everything i write. one day i'll read it and think, fabulous! perfection! how could it get any better! and the next day i'll read it and think, why did i think i could ever write? you suck! i'm probably not the only writer who feels that way. it's a constant internal battle. we're only human.
but really truly i LOVE the story of calliope. name drop? doesn't she sound lovely? writer's write the stories they want to read. why else would you write a book if you weren't passionate about it? so when the day comes...i hope you fall in love with kaleidoscope like i have.