Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Let Me Preface This Post With "There's No Reason for Alarm"

But. Yesterday I sat down and tried my hand at straight up romance for the first time in decades. And this one is also "new adult" rather than my normal "young adult".

I've mentioned before that it's practically mental suicide for an author to pursue what is commonly known to us as SNIS (shiny new idea syndrome), especially when you're actively working on something else. Yet sometimes there's a story inside you so profound, so nagging and freaking loud that you can try suffocating it for as long as you want, and it just won't go away or die. Usually I take that as a good sign, because it means the story is so well developed that it shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.


I've used the "insane" gif from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as I'm normally not a wishy-washy kind of girl, and prefer action movies like that one over chick flicks any day. At times I would rather be strapped to a chair and tortured than have to watch another Katherine Heigl film. Part of me blames all those damn  irresistibly adorable pictures that I've come across on Pinterest. But I'm telling you, there isn't even the slightest paranormal element involved in Adam's List—not even a creaky door that scares the crap out of someone. It's just the story of a girl meeting a guy at a college party, only she already has a boyfriend, and he has some pretty big secrets. And somehow he talks her into abandoning her life to go on an adventure with him. The last time I wrote anything like this I was probably in high school. And some of those romantic stories were actually an early form of fan fiction. *dies of embarrassment*

Eight hours after I sat down with the intent to type this story out of my system, I was at almost 10,000 words. I even created a Pinterest board (that includes the lovely image on the right), and a Spotify music set list, both things I've never done before until after the story was completed. But don't worry—true to the masochist I've become, I can already tell you Adam's List won't have a happily ever after, and it will tear your heart out.

Will Adam's List ever see the light of day? I don't know. Will I write it under a pen name so my loyal fans don't accuse me of losing my mind completely? Don't know that either, but it would probably be a good idea. All I know is this story was going to kill me if I didn't get in the computer, or make me completely crazy. Oh wait, I may be there already.

8 comments:

M. J. Joachim said...

Well, if the words are flowing, there's no reason to stop them, especially if you have an opportunity to publish more work. I say, go for it!

Shanah said...

I say your fans are going to stay loyal no matter what, and you're going to get more fans this way. ;) I usually read everything a favorite author puts out there even if it deviates from their "other" genre, and I tend to get frustrated when I discover something has been written under a pen name. Sometimes it's a pleasant surprise, and sometimes I think, "Why don't they just use their own name? This is great stuff?" Good luck and keep on writing!

Jen Naumann said...

Thanks! I'm always grateful for flowing words. ;)

Jen Naumann said...

Thank you! That's a really good point...

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This is a great idea. You fan base (including me) will be with you as long as you stay faithful to both your paranormal books along with any new projects along the way.

Jen Naumann said...

You're so sweet, Sheena-kay! Thank you! :)

emmameade.com said...

10,000 words is epic. The story has obviously hooked you!
Good luck, Jen. I've tried my hand at straight up contemporary romance before but I can never finish. The paranormal always calls me back.

Jen Naumann said...

Thanks, Emma! I know, it's really tempting to throw something paranormal in the mix, but I'm fighting it off for this one. ;)

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