Archive for September 16th, 2011

What a Friday

Have you ever had one of those days where someone completely mistakes your innocent action as a personal attack? Then helpful advice is seen in a “you’re picking on me” light. Ah well.

I feel that things are on the upswing since last night. The rain we needed to clear the air arrived and now I get to enjoy a cool, breezy Fall day. As I said to Mom last night, I’m starting to feel like a salty old sea captain- I predicted we were going to get rain even though it wasn’t on my MacBook weather calendar. I was right… yay me!

I’ve been having a lot of trouble this month with the Hard Boiled Crime (HBC) selection and I think I’m beginning to understand why. The other genres are generic and so broad that I could maintain my style and just throw in vampires, cowboys, robots or handsome, sexy men as required. But not with this one.

Perhaps the inexperience will help keep my story fresh and original but the HBC genre needs research. The tone and style is so different than how I generally write. On one hand, it’s fantastic to see my style but at the same time it’s very difficult to deviate from what I’m used to doing. This genre is so unforgiving in that there is a very specific cadence to the prose and word choice for the dialogue and descriptions. Both of these things just don’t suit my style.

Could I fake it? Of course. Anyone can fake anything they want but my attempt would never be taken seriously. It would be like Charles Schulz attempting to break into the impressionist arena. Possible but highly unlikely.

Now that I think I’ve figured out the main issues I’m ready to tackle this again and see what can happen in the next 14 days. I’ve had some recommendations that I take it easy this month and let myself recuperate a bit. While I agree, I also don’t want to get out of practice. My writing still is one of my favourite ways to fill my day outside of work so for now I’ll focus on my research of the genre and start doing a bit more research on others coming up that I think might pose a bit of a problem. The last thing I want to do is burn out and not finish so I think it’s time to stay realistic about things and as I said before, let things be what they will be. It’s just like everything else- you can’t force something into being if it’s just not the right time. There’s nothing wrong about letting this one go.

This project has really caused my thought processes to shift regarding books and writing. Have you noticed a shift as you began to write more? I’m much pickier with dialogue now and I’m shocked at how easy some of the “easy reads” really are. Sometimes I swear that I’m not a fast reader, I just gravitate towards the books that are the Subway of the publishing world- quick, satisfying and pseudo-nourishing. But like a well-made sandwich they’re finished much too quickly and it’s on to the next one.

Part of this experiment is to find out what genres I’m comfortable working in. I have my suspicions but I very well might surprise myself and that’s a very good thing (and VERY exciting). That’s the beauty of this year, each month is a fresh start and what’s the worse that could happen? In my view, it’s a win-win situation: I either end up with a manuscript or I have discovered a genre that I will most likely not return to in a very long time, if ever. Of course I’d love to be able to say I’ve written a novel in 12 different genres but that isn’t necessary. I’m just happy to have reconnected with my writing. Words are the food that feed my soul.

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