When it comes to the romance genre, I call what I write “pagan inspirational romance”. There really isn’t an inspirational romance genre just for pagans. I guess you could say I’ve created one. But inspirational writing is more than just a named genre.
What does that mean?
Considering that we’re all different, being an inspirational writer means writing any number of things. To the business person, a book on leadership techniques can be inspirational. To someone who gardens, a book on container gardening or new compost practices can inspire beauty and solace in the garden. If a reader dreams of the future, then a great science fiction book that sheds light on our current society might be inspirational. And, if you’re looking for a romance novel where spirituality plays an important role, well, then perhaps if you’re Wiccan or pagan, then my romance novels inspire.
I think of myself as an inspirational writer in all that I do. Because I write across multiple genres, and a lot of nonfiction as evidenced by my nonfiction books and these blog posts, as well as articles, I’d like to think that the writing I do inspires someone…sometime. Hopefully.
And as writers, many of us want to touch readers. Sure, there might be people who “do it for the money”, but honestly, in any creative endeavor, if the love isn’t there, then neither is the inspiration. When we do what we love–no matter the profession–we’re inspiring people.
Think about all the blogs you read, the people who post on Facebook, the articles, the magazines, and yes, the books. Every single person is an inspirational writer. Hopefully they know it, and if not, tell them! Because who knows, they next inspirational writer might be you!