So here's my writing plan for 2020.

I’m going to write romance. Most of the stuff I write already has a romantic element (because who doesn’t love love?), but I want to try my hand at your more traditional “will they or won’t they?” kind of love story. The type where you have what’s known in romance as the “black moment”–that second where the hero and heroine seem destined not to get together after all–but which resolves itself into the Happily Ever After that all romance readers crave.

I can’t say that this is a pursuit borne of a true passion for romance novels, but more of a challenge to myself to start writing some (hopefully marketable) new work. But more than that, just to start writing anything again. Last year–as I mentioned in a previous post–I read far more than I wrote, and I thought I’d start 2020 strong, so I came up with this new goal: 10 Romance Novels in 2020. I researched the most popular romance tropes (these would be things like: love triangles; forbidden love; and second chance love), and I read up on the most-loved sub-genres of romance: bikers; chick lit; adventure; comedy; and things like sports, rock and roll, or medical field romances. I tend to favor contemporary works and also realistic fiction, so I think it’s safe to say that none of my stories will be set on Mars in the future, or in a post-apocalyptic world, or the Old West, but I reserve the right to change my mind–who knows what will come out when I start writing!

I’ve got my first romance almost in the can here–a “fake relationship” trope under the subgenre “love in the workplace,” and I’m going to dive right into the next one as soon as I have this draft complete and sent out to my trusty first readers. I’m nowhere near the fervor that used to drive me to get up at 5 am on workdays and get 2,000 words in before anything else, but that’s okay–it has to be. I have no idea whether I’ll actually get ten books written this year, but now that I’ve said it out loud here, I’d guess better give it a shot!

Happy 2020!