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How Do You Know It’s Love?

Do you ever feel so far behind that you’ll never catch up? I’m feeling a bit like that now. The kids were on Spring Break last week, and while I love having them around and we did lots of fun stuff, my regular routine suffered for it. I feel like I’ve been really slacking on the blog here, but if something’s gotta give, I admit, this will be it.

I did manage to finish the latest round of revisions on my manuscript (woo-hoo!). So I at least don’t have to think about it again until I get it back from Beta readers. I stumbled around my WIP for a couple of days trying to figure out how to fix the beginning and move forward.

Then tonight, while my daughter was in dance class, it hit me. I got so into the groove of writing that I lost track of time and had to stop mid-sentence when class ended. Isn’t that the best feeling in the world? (not the having to stop part, the getting in your groove) I didn’t want to stop, but you know, I had to get kids ready for bed and finish up work for my day job. But that scene is hovering over me pulling my attention. Right now, all I really want is to go back and write. Realistically, though, I will probably wait until morning because there’s always more to do around here (like the pile of laundry on my bed).

At this point, you’re probably wondering what the heck any of that has to do with today’s blog post, especially when looking at the title. You see, earlier today, while I was procrastinating instead of working on my WIP I perused some web sites to get ideas for the blog.

I like to play around on StumbleUpon. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t understand how the whole thing works and I’m sure I underutilize it, but it’s perfect for searching out ideas to spark a blog post. Today, it led me to a great site called ThingsAboutLove. This site has some awesome sexy photos and cute quotes and basically it’s a treasure trove of romance.

They have a post called What Does Love Mean? See How 4-8 Year-Old Kids Describe Love. We’ve all seen quotes like this and some are pretty funny, but one caught me totally off guard and I fell in love with it:

 When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.

billy – age 4

First, a 4-year old said this. That alone is pretty amazing. But more than that, I love the concept. I totally want to use it in my writing. It gives me chills just thinking about the possibilities. I would love to meet young Billy because I think his quote gave me the inspiration to tackle my WIP today. Although I’m not in a place for his quote to be useful for my characters, I think it hovered in the back of my mind as inspiration.

Where do you get ideas or inspiration? Do you have a favorite quote about the meaning of love?


About Shannyn Schroeder

Mom of 3, editor, and contemporary romance writer

4 responses »

  1. Gosh, that is gorgeous. Perfection. It’s rattling around in my thoughts even as I write this. One way I’ve always thought that was a sign of love fading, was the disconnect from using pet names because they show connection. But this is awesome.

  2. I know the word amazing is way overworked – but the comments that young children can make, like these ones, are truly amazing.

  3. Dis is a fabulous inspiration.

  4. I think its really sweet. Its amazing how kids actually think so much more maturely than us.
    My view on love is entirely different though.. If you don’t mind, please check it out 🙂


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