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OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?
I read everything, but have spent most of my writing life trying to figure out what genre I prefer to write in. Everyone that knows me knows I love mysteries. I read them and dabble in them. Sometimes it goes pretty well.
The IWSG question got me thinking about what I’ve been doing.
So far, I’ve jumped from sci-fi, fantasy—even tried magical realism—and mixing up my POV from first-person to third-person omniscient.
I hope I’m not sharing too much, but I have a huge fear of success, and change.
I thought I was rolling with it, but here’s the thing. A while back I started writing a magical realism and had a hard time pinning it down, so I returned to my middle grade. I’ve been working on it for years.
It looked good and I firmed up its middle. Left it to rest and it still needs a read through. Started a fantasy-mystery that with a non-magical detective. It’s fully outlined and I’ve written three chapters.
First chapter went really, really well.
But when put chapter two before my critters at the Grand Forks Writers Guild, it was not so good. The group is always supportive and kind. Chapter two fell flat. The emotion wasn’t there and I was left with trying to figure out how to find it.
I did in chapter one. I know it’s possible.
I feel like someone lost in a labyrinth. There’s a way out, but I just seem to go deeper.
Is the answer more knowledge? Is it facing my fear? I don’t know, but I’m back at reading how-to writing manuals to put the emotion into a scene and yeah—topping it off—I’m using omnipotent POV. Because I need a challenge or because failure is where I want to live.
I know one thing for sure: I’m lost and confused.
Anyone gone through this. What did you do?