The love and joy of writing…what a ride

bigstock-Happiness-16362254When I say I love being an erotic romance author, I mean it. I love my job. It is a dream come true. I cannot imagine anything I would like better than this gig. If I won the lottery, I would still write.

All my jobs have involved writing, but I haven’t always been an “author,” i.e. someone who earns a living from producing books. I’m not kidding or exaggerating when I say that for 20 years upon waking up Monday through Friday my first thought of the day was usually, “Crap. I don’t want to go to work today.”

Now I bound out of bed earlier and work longer and harder than I ever did in my other jobs and love every second. There’s a saying that the worst day fishing is better than the best day working. That’s how I feel about writing romance. The worst day being an author is better than the best day as a newspaper reporter or a public relations manager.

But not all books are created equal. Some come together almost effortlessly, while others are a hard hump. Writing is always satisfying, but it’s not always easy. Unexpected Consequences, my third book and the first of Rod and Cane series novellas, was pure magic. It felt as if the book was channeled. Each word flowed naturally into the next. My fifth book, A Scent of Longing, (now out of print) was the same way.

That doesn’t happen with most books. They are combinations of fits and starts, some scenes falling together easily, others requiring blood to be squeezed from a stone. I wrote one book that I should have shot and put out of its misery (and mine). Gloria Steinem once said, “I don’t like to write. I like to have written” and sometimes that’s the case. The satisfaction comes after the book is finished, not during.

But the novel I’m working on now, Rod and Cane 6, (my 19 book!) is a delight. I am enjoying the process of creation rather than stressing over the plot, the wording, or the word count goal, probably because the characters are writing this book. I am not the director, but a voyeur who has been invited in to watch the plot unfold (and to watch some pretty hot sex & spanking scenes!).

With Rod and Cane 6, even when the writing has gone slowly (and there’s been a few times), I’ve still enjoyed the experience of spending time with my characters in their world.

I love my job and all my books, but I’ll always remember Rod and Cane 6 with special fondness.

Watch for Rod and Cane 6 in early summer (May or Juneish). To be notified of its release, sign up for my New Release Newsletter.

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11 Responses to The love and joy of writing…what a ride

  1. You sound really positive in this post (your normally do but this one is energetic too). I know what you mean, and I bet a lot of authors do, about the books that write themselves and the ones where you’re working working working. I have a few that flowed and they will always be my babies, but I also love the challenge of starting a new book. Best words to write: Chapter One and The End…

    🙂

    • Cara Bristol says:

      That’s true! The beginning and the end are the best parts. With the beginning, I’m raring to go. That usually lasts for 30-50 pages and then I hit the “middle.” And, of course, the end is satisfying too.

      If I sound energetic and positive, it’s because I like this book so much. The whole thing is enjoyable, even the middle, which I’m in right now.

  2. What a great reminder of how fortunate I am to be able to write. Thanks. I’m just getting started on my writing day and this was just the pep talk I needed.

  3. Alta Hensley says:

    I completely agree! It’s the best gig in the world.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      It truly is a labor of love. Being and author is one of those occupations that people do because they love it–and that’s not true of all jobs.

  4. Melody Parks says:

    What a ride indeed!

    I adore your flair and passion both in your books and your online presence. ☺

  5. Rollin Hand says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. Nothing is better than waking up, grabbing that coffee cup and getting to it. So I envy you and look forward to the day when Monday is just another day, another opportunity to write. Unfortunately, right now, a day job sucks up most of my time leaving precious little of it left to write. So I crank it out, a bit here, a bit there. But soon I hope to join you.

  6. Angela says:

    Hi! I’m so glad you are enjoying Rod and Cane 6 — I’m looking forward to it eagerly. Its fun being a fan of yours and the other fabulous women who are writing erotic fiction in this supportive community. I’m so glad you write what you do, the way you do. It speaks to me and helps me come into communication with my sexuality and my inner life. Thanks, thanks thanks!

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