Fate… how much of my writing is left to it? It was fairly difficult to come up with a topic for today, since it is Insecure Writers Support Group day, where we blog about things pertaining to writing, and support each other through the downs and ups of our writing lives. And boy, were there plenty of those last month!
As usual everyone signs up at the Insecure Writers Support Group Sign-up page (which also has all the details of this week’s topic), and thanks to Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh and his team of co-hosts, everybody gets visited by plenty of other people.
Question of the Month (answer – Fate)
Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?
When I’m writing, I leave a lot of it up to Fate. If I’m doing Flash Fiction (why didn’t I pick that for my F?) I do try to experiment. Some of the prompts you get require a stretch–especially those of Chuck Wendig’s which asked you to mash-up a couple of sub-genres. Much of the time I had to look up what the sub-genres meant! Wikipedia has a very good set of pages on sub-genres, by the way.
If I’m in a novel, though, I think my readers want to find what they expect, to a certain extent. A series needs to be a series. Suddenly changing style radically does not work (in my opinion, anyway). That said, I have been working hard on deeper point of view on each of the Viridian series books, to the extent that when I wrote the last of the Princelings books I wondered whether I was getting too much into one POV or the other.
But that’s always a problem for me when I have two protagonists working together, equal partners. Whose POV should it be when they are together? I’ve gradually sorted that out, so you stay with one, then move to the other, and hopefully I’m getting better at it.
Would I write a novel in a radically different style? I’d have to have become really comfortable with it to keep that voice going throughout. And it’s hard enough just writing a novel! (I’m behind on my wordcount target at the moment).
Maybe… if I get a good enough idea I might… I’ll leave it to fate!
and now a reminder of my Flash Fiction Collections!
You can see them all on my author page on Amazon; the first is out, the rest over the next three months (pre-order now!)