There’s nothing better than diving into a new WIP. The excitement that bubbles in your stomach, the insomnia that comes from a constant stream of thoughts and ideas banging around in your head, the feeling of “Maybe this will be the one.” It’s refreshing and fun to find a new voice and get to know your new MC. Words have been pouring out of me the last 24 hrs and it was hard to tear myself away long enough to write this post!
Love. This. Feeling. (I know you guys know exactly what I mean)
I’m not one of those people who work on more than one project at a time. Once I’m focused on a story, I’m in it until it’s done. But what I’m curious to ask is how many of you switch genres when choosing a new WIP?
I’ve got a dear friend who is more versatile than anyone I know. Her first book is a hilarious Contemporary Romance. Then she dove into a Heavy Fantasy. Her latest? A YA Horror.
My first book straddled the line between High and Urban fantasy. My second book is strictly Urban Fantasy. Now, I’m dabbling with a Contemporary. (Yes, I’m writing the Ballet one… don’t know why I’ve waited so long! The YA Historical with have to wait) But what’s funny is that now I’m thinking of how I could put a cool paranormal twist on it.
Am I strictly a fantasy writer? I don’t know. I know it’s what I’m drawn to. What I like to read. What naturally comes from my soul. I think it’s healthy to try your hand at different things, but is it important to label yourself as a writer?
You know, how they say on American Idol: “You need to know who you are as an artist.”
Or is it different in writing? How many authors are successful in multiple genres? Or is it best to just pick one and stick with it? What are your thoughts? I’d really love to know.
Red. Head. Out. :D