IWSG: Surprises, Surprises

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
The awesome co-hosts for the September 6 posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!


September 6 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??

The biggest surprise I ever got with my fiction was when I switched from Mysteries & Thrillers to Science Fiction.

I wasn’t really looking to change genres… After all, I had finished manuscripts just waiting to revise, and I was getting fairly upbeat and positive rejections on the one I was sending out at the time.

But, NaNoWriMo was coming up, and I was pretty much stuck in one of my WIPs. (Well, come on… just exactly what is the response when someone throws a human hand through your front window?)

And the stories were getting darker.

I also had a bunch of friends who wrote Science Fiction and Fantasy waiting for me at NaNoWriMo, so when I realized I needed a break from the slicey-dicey stuff, I knew where I should go for that break. Take some time off, entertain a few friends… maybe a nice trip to Mars.

By the time I was finished with my first draft, I think I already knew that I wasn’t going back to the thriller end of the universe. At least, not full-time.

I’m a lot happier spending months and years debating how to populate a spaceship than I am thinking about how badly that murder in the news was messed up by the perpetrator, even if reading thrillers is…thrilling… for a week or two.



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    I like the mystery/thriller but not sure how good I’d be at writing such a story. I put it into my fantasy/paranormal writing in a hybrid way sometimes but always felt intimidated by the genre.

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    Good for you! I did that last year as well. I switched from YA to adult thrillers. Mind, I have never written fantastical elements in either genre. It scares me. Maybe someday. I’m really attracted to the idea of trying out dystopian in shorter fiction.

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      Writing for children terrifies me. Too much trying to figure out what level they’re at at what age, and whether that thing is age appropriate in normal families.

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    I write mystery/horror, but sci-fy would be a logical switch for me at some point. I’ve always loved the genre (thank you Ann McCaffrey). BTW, “fairly upbeat and positive rejections” is priceless!

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      Come on over! We’d be lucky to have you.
      They were good rejections that made me feel like I’m getting closer.

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