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Hello, can’t stop.

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It’s amazing how writing a romantic novel interferes with blogging. I got into NaNoWriMo properly about three days before it finished and now the only thing I’ve got on my mind is what to do about the fact that my hero has completely ignored my plan and gone off piste. Ignored it, I tell you. The ungrateful bugger. You create these characters, give ’em charm and fabulous looks and this is how they thank you. Mind you, he has a point. I had made him a bit underhand about the heroine’s inheritance, and you can’t have a chap doing that. However much of maverick he is.

They can do everything else, though. They can kidnap a girl, impugn her honour, assume she means ‘yes’ when she says, ‘no’ (but only if he loves her really), and seemingly cheat on her left, right and centre (but only if, at the end, the girl he was seeing so much of turns out to be his long lost sister, or the impoverished widow of his best friend). But money? Only a cad would do a girl out of her inheritance. Odd, where all these unwritten rules come from.

I’ll just have to make him misunderstood, instead. Bloody romantic novels. Bloody writing. Does your head in.

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I started blogging because I'm a writer, and I thought I ought to. Now I realise that I blog because I like to; even when I can't think of much to say.

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17 thoughts on “Hello, can’t stop.

  1. We are all missing you. Our pining could inspire a chapter, perhaps after the maverick is caught with his hand in the inheritance till. (Incidentally I don’t write romance novels. All men should avoid writing them: the characters would all be having sex by the end of the opening paragraph).

    Posted by Bruce Goodman | December 1, 2014, 5:44 pm
    • That would be a bit premature, darling. Because what would you do for the next 50,000 words? I suppose they could do the crossword…

      Posted by elainecanham | December 1, 2014, 6:40 pm
    • They could always have 13 babies, with 3847 words devoted to each baby. Let’s say a thousand words making the baby; a thousand words gestating the baby; a thousand words rushing off to the maternity hospital and getting lost; and 847 words devoted to the baby growing up. But I mustn’t stop you typing. Keep at it!

      Posted by Bruce Goodman | December 1, 2014, 6:54 pm
    • it’s hard when you make me laugh this much.

      Posted by elainecanham | December 1, 2014, 8:13 pm
  2. Does it not freak you out, that you were so prescient back when you wrote “Stolen Bride” that your hero looked like the future Prince William from a distance?

    I’d start writing down my dreams, if I were you.

    Posted by Tara Sparling | December 1, 2014, 5:37 pm
    • Nah, he looks miles better than Prince William. I tried writing down dreams, absolutely bonkers. Especially if I was half asleep when I wrote them – spiders webs attached to little thingies (that’s not a euphemism) and dishes of potatoes.

      Posted by elainecanham | December 1, 2014, 6:39 pm
    • I agree that he does look better than Prince William, but don’t beat yourself up about it. You weren’t to know.

      Nice dreams, by the way. You could always make up some better ones. You are a writer.

      Posted by Tara Sparling | December 1, 2014, 6:56 pm
    • Hadn’t thought of that…

      Posted by elainecanham | December 1, 2014, 8:13 pm
  3. Sounds charming. 🙂

    Posted by Let's CUT the Crap! | December 1, 2014, 2:03 pm
  4. Characters really are children at times. Usually teenagers.

    Posted by Charles Yallowitz | December 1, 2014, 1:50 pm
    • Do not talk to me about teenagers. I could blog for Britain about bloody teenagers…..Okay….and breathe……I’m calm…really I am.

      Posted by elainecanham | December 1, 2014, 1:54 pm
  5. Yes, being creative is a bitch. 🙂

    Posted by lbwoodgate | December 1, 2014, 1:08 pm

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