Fantasy, Romance, and Other Genre Fiction

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Which shelf? (Your opinion wanted!)

So I’ve been struggling with the Soldaris Saga lately.  I’ve been trying to decide if I want it to try to sell it as romantic fantasy or fantasy romance, so I can point the last of my rewrites and editing in the right direction.

Some of you might wonder what the difference between romantic fantasy and fantasy romance even is.  Basically, romantic fantasy is a “standard” fantasy novel with a bigger plot than just the two characters getting together, but they’re a major part of it.  Fantasy romance focuses on the story of the hero and heroine and their happily ever after, using the rest of the plot as a backdrop.  The first goes in the fantasy and sci-fi section at the bookstore, the latter goes in romance novels.   Yes, it actually matters, if I’m going to sell it, because that also determines where I submit.

I have outlines for both ready to go.  Both outlines lead to the same ending, just told in different ways with the focus on different plot elements and subplots.

I have to admit that I’m curious what my audience would rather read (although if I start on one of the outlines and it doesn’t feel right, I will no doubt move right to the other).

Weigh in in the comments, would you?  ❤

NaNoWriMo is Coming

So this will be my tenth NaNoWriMo.   I feel like this deserves something special, at least in terms of the way I do things.  I’m totally splurging on a t-shirt even though I never have before, and donating to the non-profit, and all of that fun stuff.  Having a job is nice.

This year I’ve decided to revisit an old, old idea that I had in high school, but really just didn’t have the maturity and sophistication to pull off back then.  Although to be honest I’m not sure how much maturity and sophistication you actually need in order to pull off a 90s anime-flavored space opera romance…

So in preparation for November I’m binge-watching Robotech and reading Stardoc again.  My outline is actually starting to resemble an outline instead of random thoughts.  I’m totally a planner, not a pantser.  So it’s good to see it coming all together well before the 31st of October.

I’m getting excited.

Anyone else joining me this year?

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