Wednesday, March 3, 2010

In Which Things Fall Into Place

"The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader,through his sense, feels certain that he stands at the middle of events."

~Ray Bradbury~

Every once in a while, I have an 'aha!' moment. One of those moments happened the other day.

I've been working on my current WIP for a while now and while I really enjoy the story and the whole theme, I'm just not enjoying writing it. Right now. A post by Debra Schubert at Write On Target kind of made me stop and think. What if I like what I'm writing but I don't love it? Do I put it aside and start something fresh or do I push through this 'down' period?

And that's when I realized I feel trapped by my genre. I write contemporary YA which I love because it has such a real feel to it. But my head keeps wandering to the idea of writing something a little more exciting. A little more adventurous. A little less real.

I've always wanted to try writing fantasy of some sort. Paranormal, that kind of thing. It's what I read mostly, so it makes sense I'd want to try it. But I've always shied away based on the fact that I don't see myself as a true creator of worlds. Changing genres is intimidating and not a choice to be taken lightly, especially when I hope to make a career out of this.

But I'm going to try. I've had an idea rolling around in my head for a long time now, and I think I might have something good going on.
A lot of you have encouraged me to try this in the past, so I'm going to jump in feet first!
Wish me luck.

Have you ever changed genres? Have you ever felt trapped by something you're writing? What have you done to change this?

Sunshine and Happiness!

I'll start off by saying hi! It's been a while. I try to get on everyday and read everyone's posts, and I try to comment as often as possible, but sometimes I suck at that.

But for some reason, people around here still like me and I love you for that! The other day, I received an award from the always amazing Jemi Fraser in spite of the fact that I feel I don't deserve it. So thank you so much, Jemi, for this spectacular and sunshiney award!

I'm going to award this to a few people whose blogs I stalk regularly. I don't care whether they already have it or not, these people inspire me and create the sunshine in my world.
Since I can't re-award it to Jemi, which I totally would if I could, I pass it on to the following:

1. Melissa at Chasing the Dream
2. Julie at Silver Lining
3. Sara at The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler
4. Lisa at Confessions of a Writing Mama
5. Natalie at Natalie Bahm
6. Victoria
7. Tina at Sweet Niblets
These ladies always brighten my day, and I'm sure they'll do the same for you.

Stay tuned for my 'official' post!