I’ll be quick as it’s late and I have an early morning workout in a few hours.
I read this post a little while ago where the author said: “Writers seem to be writing about the things they feel they ought to be writing about and not the things that obsess them.” That post made me think and I’ll share a little ‘secret’ that relates to it. If you couldn’t tell from the posts I made prior and during writing the YA fantasy – I really didn’t enjoy it in the beginning. It isn’t what I usually write AT ALL and one of the reasons I did it – being totally truthful, is because I’m well aware of the huge market that’s there for it. I decided, it couldn’t hurt to have one in my repertoire and so, painstakingly let word after word fall to page. So no this, my most recent work, was not calling to my true passions when I began, but does that mean it couldn’t become that as I wrote? No.
Nearer to the beginning I confess to having a small freak out session on the telephone with edit-buddy, as I almost begged him to tell me I shouldn’t be writing it. You know what happened though? He told me to press on and I decided with much resolve to do so. This was followed by me taking a line from the character Barney Stinson from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ as I declared “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!” I started to find my footing and understand more about the genre I was writing in as I progressed, it made me sit back and take a good look at what I was doing. I realised I was slowly starting to adore the characters I’d wanted to throw in the garbage in the beginning and when I reread things I’d written, I wanted to know more, though I already knew what was going to happen next. I liked it so much in fact, that now I’m onto the second as I’ve told you all and the first chapter is finished and I’m eager to continue tomorrow.
My heart still lies with fantasy and science fiction geared to more mature readers, it has been from the time I was a teen. However, that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t step outside of my comfort zone and create something great that I could be just as passionate about and love just as much. I understand that writing without heart, isn’t the way to go, all I’m saying is, as a writer, you can give your words a chance and see where they take you. Chances are, there could be a surprise in the mix.