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#ISWG: Walking in My Own Shoes?

Hi, everyone! It’s been a couple of months since I did an ISWG post. I’ve been dealing with flu and dislocated limbs (my daughter’s…not my own). I think things are finally getting back on track now.

I couldn’t think of anything to talk about that I haven’t already mentioned on my blog, so I decided to go with this month’s question:

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in??

What has really surprised me most about my writing is in how much people seem to like it. I won’t lie…I never believed people would hate it. I mean, there will always be a few people who don’t like it. I don’t like everything I read either, but for the most part, I figured people would like my writing. I just haven’t expected some of the feedback I get from my readers, and I’m really grateful for it because it keeps me motivated to keep writing.

I also get some great constructive feedback from other authors who have read my work, which has really helped me improve my writing over the last few years.

The biggest surprise for me, though, is when I write something and leave off feeling like it was probably the most terrible thing I’ve ever written. Especially when my brain fog kicks in like it has in the last few months, I just can’t make my brain focus well enough to write well. Or at least I don’t feel like I do at the time. Then a couple days later, I go back to it and I’m shocked to find it’s actually pretty good. It always needs some polishing, but it’s not as terrible as I imagined it was when I wrote it.

Earlier this year, I wanted to expand the genre I was writing in. Dark fantasy is a very small niche, and while I don’t think I can do light and bubbly, I still wanted to try something else to expand my readership. So first, I tried a short story that was more a paranormal thriller, and then I did a sci-fi thriller. I haven’t gotten many readers for those yet, but those who have read them loved them, so I think I did well in expanding a bit.

I’ve gotten a few readers of both stories tell me they’d love me to continue those stories in novels, so it’s a good sign that I’m heading in the right direction.

So I’ve decided instead of branding myself as a dark fantasy author, I might go with dark speculative fiction author. It makes more sense anyway, especially since even my fantasies have elements of science fiction. I do a lot of cross genre writing within the speculative fiction realm, so I think it’s a better description for my writing.

What about you? Have you experimented with anything new? How’s it working for you?


The co-hosts for the September posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!

 

 

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A Cure For Writer’s Block…Seriously!!!!

I’ve been having troubles with writing lately While my issues have nothing to do with writer’s block, I still try to find different methods of overcoming it. You never know what might work to help overcome brain fog as well…and I think I may have found something.

I was searching on YouTube (I’m a bit of a YouTube addict) and I saw this video called, Writer’s Block Instant Cure. I thought, yeah right. It’s probably going to be another one of those nice pep talks that try to convince you writer’s block doesn’t exist and it’s all in your head.

Well, this is kinda like that and kinda not. It redefines writer’s block so you can better understand what’s happening and how you can truly overcome it, so I wanted to share it with my fellow authors out there. If it helps you out, let me know in the comments below!

 

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#WIP Wednesday – Don’t Sneeze on Me!

I know… weird title. But it’s totally relevant. I’ve fallen so far behind again thanks to the flu.

Worse, I get sick really easily.

And even worse than that… I have to take a trip into town tomorrow, and I know there are going to be people sneezing, coughing and other nasty things in my proximity.

It can’t be helped though. It’s winter and my daughter needs pants for school, so I’ll brave the germ infested mall and hope I get out of it unscathed.

Needless to say, I haven’t gotten much done recently as far as writing. Episode 21 of my Shadow Stalker serial was due to be released today, and I’m still working on the end of Episode 20. So yeah… I’m getting there, but it definitely won’t be on time.

I’ve decided I’m just going to release things as I finish them for now… at least until flu season is over. I do have a short story I wrote last year (forgot about it completely) that I’ll hopefully be releasing on the 21st. It just needs a bit of editing (and a cover). And I hope I’ll have Episodes 20 and 21 finished before the end of the month. That’s what I’m shooting for anyway. We’ll see how it goes.

I did start working on my new serial a little while I was sick. It’s going to be fun to write. I’m doing it a lot differently than Shadow Stalker. For one, it’s not going to have a definitive ending. Each year I plan to write a new season of 22 episodes, and I’ll keep writing until people get sick of it (or I run out of story ideas). Also, the episodes are going to be much shorter, but I’ll be releasing a new one every two weeks, so readers won’t have to wait nearly as long.

I’ll be writing these well in advance too (in fact, I’ll be halfway finished with season one by the end of this year), so getting them released in time shouldn’t be an issue.

I’ve put my novels on hold until I’m caught up with the serial episodes though. But I’m nearly ready to get started on the writing.

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