“Vision precedes reality.” Jayne Ann Krentz (said by a character in the novel ‘Amaryllis’)
I want to be more like romance novelist Jayne Ann Krentz.
Common wisdom says don’t compare yourself to others. I call bullshit. I think sometimes others can show you the potential you aren’t realizing.
JAK does this in 2 areas for me. First, she’s incredibly prolific. She writes under 3 psuedonyms: Amanda Quick historicals; Jayne Castle futuristics; Jayne Ann Krentz contemporaries.
She’s been accused of writing from a formula. Having read every word she’s written, in my opinion, she has several formulas and ALL of them produce good books.
She’s proof of what happens when one sits down and puts their fingers on the keyboard and writes. Daily. For hours. I want more of whatever it takes to do this.
The second area she shows me where I don’t live up to my potential is harder to explain. I’ve read some of the most profound truths in fiction. When characters in novels say things like “vision precedes reality” it’s better than non-fiction.
Shane: “He’s a man of many talents.” He looked up at her, and she remembered she was naked. “You might want to get dressed. He’ll be here in twenty minutes.”
“Is he going to try to kill me?”
“Already I like him,” Agnes said, and went into the bedroom.