Anthropologic Laboratory

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  1. Questioning the human existence is the sole driving force behind my work. Even though I write romance, I see the conflict between my h/h as more than “love needs to conquer all.” I put them into situations where they are forced to question everything about their lives they’ve taken for granted. Which is one reason why I get stuck and down on my writing because I feel out of place with my ambitions, or feel that I’m being arrogant to want to be ambitious with a romance novel.

    But I hear you on the school front. I thought I had it easy compared to writers who are mothers, wives and employees, but going to school and writing both take equal amounts of mental energy. I am terrible at multi-tasking, but I haven’t yet learned to balance this creative side with my intellectual side.

  2. Questioning the human existence is the sole driving force behind my work. Even though I write romance, I see the conflict between my h/h as more than “love needs to conquer all.” I put them into situations where they are forced to question everything about their lives they’ve taken for granted. Which is one reason why I get stuck and down on my writing because I feel out of place with my ambitions, or feel that I’m being arrogant to want to be ambitious with a romance novel.

    But I hear you on the school front. I thought I had it easy compared to writers who are mothers, wives and employees, but going to school and writing both take equal amounts of mental energy. I am terrible at multi-tasking, but I haven’t yet learned to balance this creative side with my intellectual side.

  3. No need to feel ambitious or arrogant. You are writing the story that speaks the most to you…otherwise, you would be writing a different story. If you want to talk about ambitious, try reading the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon. It's romance, but it's also history, politcal intrigue, questioning human existence… Be inspired by the sheer magnitude of the work, rather than worried that you're going beyond the realms of "romance."

    My problem now is that I'm in a design program, whereas before I was in engineering. Engineering only required my analytical side, leaving my creative side to prance around in the Land of Imagination, frisking with my story ideas and reporting the juicy details to me later. Now, I need both my analytical and creative sides working for school, which leaves very little left for my writing. I'm not sure how to balance it, yet.

  4. No need to feel ambitious or arrogant. You are writing the story that speaks the most to you…otherwise, you would be writing a different story. If you want to talk about ambitious, try reading the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon. It’s romance, but it’s also history, politcal intrigue, questioning human existence… Be inspired by the sheer magnitude of the work, rather than worried that you’re going beyond the realms of “romance.”

    My problem now is that I’m in a design program, whereas before I was in engineering. Engineering only required my analytical side, leaving my creative side to prance around in the Land of Imagination, frisking with my story ideas and reporting the juicy details to me later. Now, I need both my analytical and creative sides working for school, which leaves very little left for my writing. I’m not sure how to balance it, yet.

  5. That's why I blogged about my feelings on the subject. :/

    My bete noir is all the reading and research I am required to do as an anthropology/archaeology major. I have to learn to compartmentalize information for school and information for my books. Heaven forbid I'm trying to do research for a WIP!

    Which is why I keep waffling on what to write. Should I go with a regular old British set historical since I know the setting, or should I go with a book set someplace for which I need to do extra research?

  6. That’s why I blogged about my feelings on the subject. :/

    My bete noir is all the reading and research I am required to do as an anthropology/archaeology major. I have to learn to compartmentalize information for school and information for my books. Heaven forbid I’m trying to do research for a WIP!

    Which is why I keep waffling on what to write. Should I go with a regular old British set historical since I know the setting, or should I go with a book set someplace for which I need to do extra research?

  7. That’s a tough question! I think you should do what feels the best right now. If you’re doing research that works for school and your WIP, that’s awesome. More power to you, seriously.

    But if you’re feeling bogged down and uninspired, then I would take that as a sign that maybe you need to start looking elsewhere for the setting, etc.

  8. That’s a tough question! I think you should do what feels the best right now. If you’re doing research that works for school and your WIP, that’s awesome. More power to you, seriously.

    But if you’re feeling bogged down and uninspired, then I would take that as a sign that maybe you need to start looking elsewhere for the setting, etc.

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