But, you say, you can't do that...you MUST be branded! You MUST follow the rules or...
Okay, if you insist, here goes:
- I write vintage romance.
- I write cozy mysteries.
- I write romantic suspense.
- I write novels.
- I write.
I write because I enjoy it, like some people hit the golf links every day or the tennis courts. I make a little extra money, which is an added bonus. Okay, sometimes I make a lot, which is an extra added bonus. If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't do it. Period.
I don't do writing groups or clubs, and some of you reading this--who don't do them either--will understand why. I attend a few selected conferences where I enjoy meeting other writers (the ones whose ego isn't so large as to prevent them seeing beyond their noses), picking up a few pointers, and exhibiting my wares. If I'm lucky, I spend an extra night or two and do some sight-seeing in the area. I rarely enter a writing contest connected with a conference because I have observed that the same people make the conference circuit and walk away with most of the awards. Certainly that would be discouraging to a new or aspiring writer. For me it's simply not worth the effort or the entry fee.
I have some wonderful writing friends, online and otherwise, who are free with their critiques, and I appreciate them and hopefully let them know it on a regular basis.
Writing is something I've always loved to do. When I stop loving it, I'll stop writing. Meanwhile, I have no ego riding on this. Of course, it's nice to see sales numbers rise. Of course, it's fun to hear compliments from readers. Mostly--it's just fun.
So, open that gate and let me roam the writing range. Yippee-ay-ki-yippee-yippee-o.