In past years, talking about love has been fairly straightforward here at the Blood-Red Pencil blog. We mostly examined love from the standpoint of romance from assorted angles. This year, the theme of love has gotten a little more complicated, thanks to politics. Where is the love, when finding even kindness is a challenge?
Maybe we need to look at the different aspects of love and how we practice it to give us some insight - our team will do that this blogging month. For now, let's think about it in the context of our writing.
What do we do to give our book characters some love? From a Facebook prompt by Gary Chapman, I applied his five love languages to a few of my characters and gained some interesting insights. I'll write more about that this month, when I review his book, The 5 Love Languages, for #FridayReads.
How about love of place? Do you treat your fictional settings like a character, exploring the moods and nuances as though the location were a character of its own? Some authors have a real gift for that, taking you to another place even as their stories begin.
How do you love yourself as an author? Downplay your successes? Worry that you're promoting too much? Stop that! You've done the work, so don't be ashamed to go out and crow about it. Love yourself a little better.
Finally, let's think about giving the writing community some love. When was the last time you shared a book birthday, rated a book on GoodReads, or wrote a quick and concise Amazon review for a book you read and enjoyed? That kind of support shows respect and admiration, both of which are nothing more than aspects of love.
What else can we love? Chocolate of course. And always coffee. Which reminds me of something I discovered at romance novelist, Nora Roberts' Turn the Page Bookstore. What's not to love about this? You know what this is, right?
Love. One word, so many meanings. What does it say to you? Please leave us a message!
|Dani Greer is founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.|