Happy Friday everyone! This week found me wishing for some serious downtime. I even took a vacation day yesterday, got to meet with my CP for a bit, work on about 8 pages of my romantic suspense...and then the running started. Boys to the orthodontist, a quick stop at the grocery, Diva to practice, dinner, #2 son to a soccer meeting for fall sports, trip to home depot, pick up Diva (who's practice ran late) thankfully #2 son scored a ride home with a friend from meeting. Now that school is wrapping up, I'm realizing this is my week:
Monday-Diva soccer game/ #2 son soccer practice
Tuesday - Diva soccer game (different league)/ #2 son soccer practice
Wednesday - #2 son soccer game/ Diva volley ball league
Thurs: Diva & #2 son soccer practice (different locations of course)!
Friday????? FREE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! Shh...I think I hear the angels singing!
I know, I know, I signed on for this and I make it work. It's just putting a little crimp in my time and I'm figuring how to adjust it. I may just have to break out and clean up my old "mini" netbook so I can at least take that with me for times I'm just sitting, which really isn't very often since I'm basically a taxi until 8:30pm.
So what does this have to do with writing?? Well, as I thought about the saying "Write what you know" it dawned on me that I should be writing about soccer! ha ha ha. Yeah right? I live it vicariously through my children. I have never played except high school gym class! Or what about football - I LOVE football, and my son plays football, my husband played football. But when I think about writing on these sports.....I got nothing. What's up with that?? I know enough about them I suppose, but technically it's at the YA level - which was great when I was writing YA and MG stories. But could I spin an adult version?? Could I turn it into a mystery even? Romance? Hmm....
I don't really have a specialty. I was a band-geek in school, art/music/language was my "thing". I was a band officer, drum majorette, spanish club president. Close your gaping mouths, yes, I was a nerd. And I wouldn't trade it for anything!! But it's nothing substantial to write about. High School drama from the geeks pov, I suppose. And even as an adult, the things I do for "fun" are not spectacular: photography, gardening, painting, writing, hiking, camping.....nothing super-de-duper for a heroine or hero that's for sure!
So sometimes, I think it's good and fun to take stock of what you know but it's even more exciting to write about what you DON'T know! Thinking of some adventurous career, or some out of the ordinary job that your hero/heroine could have and doing the research. Not only is that challenging, but it is fun and if you do enough of it, you don't necessarily become an expert but you can pull off a good book!
Do any of you write about your own talents or specialties? Anything interesting you'd care to share? Something you've never done but wish you could - or even something you WISH you'd find in a book but no one has touched on it yet?
Enjoy the weekend with a good book~