Well now I feel better

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Do you ever wonder if you made the correct career choice? I certainly never planned on writing romance novels. Heck, I never even planned to “become” a writer. If anything it never occured to me that you could “become” a writer, I figured you either were or you weren’t.

Every once in awhile, though, I find a topic when researching a story and think, ohhh I could have done that! I couldn’t have, of course. For example, it’s almost impossible to become a hot surgeon if just staring at a half-dissected fetal pig makes you almost black out.

I was also an unlikely candidate for the U.S. Astronaut Training Program given my total fear of advanced math and all things requiring a graphing calculator or finding “x.” (Did anyone else ever wonder why x couldn’t just pick a number and stick with it?)

My third career killer can be blamed, in part, on Stephen King. I have both a healthy fear of clowns and am horribly suspicious of all individuals who can bend themselves into human pretzels and stuff their bodies into a small box. That pretty much cancels out Cirque du Soleil.

So that leaves me with a skill I have been developing all my life. Fueled by a love for happily ever afters, of course.

Still, I wonder sometimes, did I pick the right genre? And sometimes it’s nice to get confirmation…


You Should Be a Romance Novelist


You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart.

You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented romance story writer…

And while you may be a traditional romantic, you’re just as likely to be drawn to quirky or dark love stories.

As long as it deals with infatuation, heartbreak, and soulmates – you could write it.

And just in the nick of time, too. I was getting ready to try and fold my body like a human pretzel.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Dana,

    Fun quiz. I got science fiction writer the first, clicked back and found my answer to the first question hadn’t been registered. Romance writer the second time, LOL.

    Linda / Lyndi

  • Anonymous says:

    Some of what we’ll be when we grow up is due to other factors, i.e. breaks/luck, editors leaving/orphaned, new opportunities in older publishing routes, new opportunities in new routes, making lemonade, etc. So flexibility has a lot ot determine equating wishes and talent choices to whatever happens. Really interesting post, think-piece. Thank you.

  • Anonymous says:

    Dana, great post. I loved the quiz. So I’m a romance writer..oh good I thought so too! lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Okay, apparently it is going to depend on my mood. I got Film Writer first (this will make my brother happy) then Romance Novelist followed by Joke Writer and ending with Science Fiction Writer.

    So… my next WIP will be a romantic comedy on a distant planet in a galaxy far, far away that can be filmed by George Lucas. Blast — he’s already done that without me. I know, I’ll get Mel Brooks! Blast again – Spaceballs anyone?

    M…

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL Monica you’re just fine. Clearly you should be directing yourself in a fantasy/ romance direction. At least now you know right?

  • Anonymous says:

    Took the test. YIKES I’m in the wrong genre!!!
    YOU SHOULD BE A SCIENCE FICTION WRITER
    Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you’re from.
    And while you may have some problems being “normal,” you’ll have no problems writing sci-fi.
    Whether it’s epic films, important novels, or vivid comics…
    Your own little universe could leave an important mark on the world!
    Well, okay as long as my world builders can have hot sex!!

  • Anonymous says:

    And she wrote Happily Ever After…

    Yeah, I never thought I was a “writer” either until I started writing a few years ago. It’s not a life-long dream for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work out well!

  • Anonymous says:

    First time I got a joke writer because I picked “inspired by quirky people around me” but when I changed that to “True Love” (Anyone else here flashing on Princess Bride with that? Ok, Just checking) I got romance writer.

    Sometimes we all just need that little bit of outside affirmation of our choices and goals. Thanks for the chuckles today, Dana!

  • Anonymous says:

    Enjoyed your post and this was fun too! 🙂 I got You Should Be A Romance Novelist.

    You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart.
    You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented romance story writer…
    And while you may be a traditional romantic, you’re just as likely to be drawn to quirky or dark love stories.
    As long as it deals with infatuation, heartbreak, and soulmates – you could write it.

    Cia

  • Anonymous says:

    Film Writer for me. How scary accurate is that? I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been told that my writing is cinematic, feels like a movie than a book. Verrry interesting. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    YAY it worked for you too!

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  • Anonymous says:

    Well, I took the test twice because there were some questions that I wanted to give two answers to. The first time I got Film Writer. And the second time I got Romance Writer.

    Guess that’s appropriate since I work in television and write erotic romances. 🙂

    Chloe

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