Sunday, March 6, 2011

Falling In Love Again...

Weak knees, shortness of breath, heart pounding, palms sweating, unable to concentrate... Must be love, and I'm falling hard and fast.

As opposed to tall, dark, and handsome, the object of my affection is short, light, and nondescript. It's unpredictable, mysterious, and intriguing; frustrating yet invigorating, peaceful yet thrilling. It's convoluted and clear-eyed, and it's sweeping me off my feet.

So, who's this secret lover who has rocked my world and made me feel like a teenager again? You guessed it. I've fallen in love with my new WIP.

Although my previous paramour - the one AA is reviewing - is YA, my new lover is women's fiction. Older, wiser, more mature, and better in bed.

In order for women's fiction to be captivating, a beguiling heroine is mandatory. It's here I feel I've struck the jackpot. What's so striking about my new leading lady? Her dark hair, brown eyes, and alluring body, of course, but mostly her mind. She's kind, sarcastic, wounded, frail, funny, and vulnerable. She's on a journey of self-discovery; of redefining who she is and what her life's about. I have a feeling she'll stick it to the characters in her story who've wronged her, and, really, what's more attractive than a powerful, sexy woman beating the crap out of past demons? (I mean, besides Ashton Kutcher with his shirt partially unbuttoned?)

Where was I? Oh, yes. Writing is magical. There's no rhyme or reason to where the ideas come from. When we writers sit down at the computer each day, we have no idea what, if anything, will appear on the intimidating blank page. And, yet, we somehow know if we give ourselves over to the power of our art - and not try to "understand" or "force" it - magic happens.

Right now, for me the magic is one of the greatest in the world: I've fallen in love again. Life imitates art imitates life imitates art...

In the wise words of Lenny Kravitz, "Let love rule."

So, tell me: who/what are you in love with these days? What's your favorite thing about being/falling in love?

13 comments:

Stacia Kelly said...

The wonder, the magic, the unknown, the surprises, the laughter, the smiles, the curiosity....I could go on.

I love starting new stories and finding the heroine's voice....it's amazing where they pick up and go from where you started.

Keep the writing magic alive :)

Ruthanne said...

I'm definitely in love with our new start! We're leaving in just a couple of days for Washington state, and it already feels like home.

Debra L. Schubert said...

Stacia, Beautiful! Hey, I might go to DC on 4/7. Will you be around?

Debra L. Schubert said...

Ruthanne, I wish you the best of everything in your "new" life! Can't wait to hear what it's like in the gorgeous state of WA.

Laurie Lazar said...

I'm falling in love with a man named Peter. I'm truly amazed after so many years of barely a date, and then there he was, with deep sensitive eyes, eyes that seemed to know me already, from a forgotten time? Perhaps. For now, I'm going to enjoy the Weak knees, shortness of breath, heart pounding, and continue to Let Love Rule.

Debra L. Schubert said...

Laurie, I couldn't be happier for you, and can't wait to meet Peter! Welcome back to the States. ((((hugs)))

Nick said...

Stacia and I won't be in DC on 4/7. We'll be en route to Alabama, working with our newest love - helping our students and the broader community.
nK

Debra L. Schubert said...

Nick, Good for you, but bad for me! I know we'll hook up one of these days. Thanks for letting me know.

Lynn Colt said...

I LOVE falling in love with a new WIP. My current love is a YA contemporary :)

Debra L. Schubert said...

Lynn, Good for you! I wish you the best w/your new love. ;-))

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Hi, Debra! It's my first time here. Great post! There's nothing quite like falling in love with a shiny new WIP. In my case, I think I fall in love with it as many times as I fall out of love with it. ;-)

Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

Sam

Debra L. Schubert said...

Sam, Welcome! I'm so glad you found me, and I hope you get value each time you stop by. Falling in AND out of love w/our WIP's - the fate of every writer. ;-)))

Larissakixd said...

Lynn, Good for you! I wish you the best w/your new love. ;-))

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