Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG: Surprises

Ooh, y'all. Have I got something to show you in a couple weeks! It's burning a hole in my hard drive, it's so cool. (And I do mean "cool." Frosty. Icy, even. The temperature of a North Pole Christmas, say...)

Be sure to check back here on September 20 for a cover reveal!

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group encourages writers to talk about their insecurities.

This month their question is:
Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?
You mean other than being surprised that my writing is good? :P
No, seriously. I continue to be surprised that people like what I write. I know I'm good from a technical standpoint, and my stories are creative, but they're very weird and I didn't think many people would "get" my humor.
I was wrong, and that's an amazing feeling!
I did surprise myself with Do-overs, my first completely romance-orientated plot. I think I've written before about how my brain doesn't fully understand the genre or, you know, how feeling and attraction work.
When I submitted it, I thought "Eh, it's kind of cute."
Apparently it's not cute, it's adorable. I've gotten more compliments on this story than any of my other published works, and not one person has called it creepy!
I didn't realize my writing was so dark until people told me; I guess I do tend more towards the Twilight Zone than... Jeez, I can't even think of something bright and cheery. Sailor Moon?
It's nice when you can step outside your comfort zone and still succeed.

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