Thursday, April 5, 2012
E is for Experiment
Then, I tried it.
When my humorous, romantic, girly YA wasn't selling, I thought, what if I tried to tell this story from the male POV? And I didn't have anything to lose, so I went for it. Turned out, diving into that male POV also tapped into my dark side. I made some really terrible stuff happen to that kid.
And when I was finished with him, and another male character showed up in my head asking for attention, I did some even worse stuff to him.
Now? Now, I've really gone off my rocker, because I've started a new project that can only be classified as magical realism. What?! Who am I?
I don't know yet, and that's the cool thing. Experimenting has shown me sides of myself as a writer that I didn't know I had. Let my mind stumble across ideas I didn't have access to before. And it's exciting, and a little nerve-wracking.
Better writers than me have said this same thing. Maureen Johnson crusades against the idea that writers are a "brand." And the always hilarious Chuck Wendig likes to keep his fingers in as many pies as possible.
Try something new. You might use your writerly chemistry set to make a stink bomb, but you might also invent Post-It notes. You'll never know unless you step outside your comfort zone.