Another month, another chance to join in the virtual support group that calls itself the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If you haven’t already checked out the talented group of writers that call this group home at the beginning of every month, do. It’s as easy as a click on the image above. 🙂
On to my own insecurity.
This month I should really say what I’d like to post about is a curiosity rather than an insecurity. It centers around my upcoming preparations to begin my second book. I’m slowly putting the finishing touches on book one, and I’ll edit on it in pieces over the next month or so, but all the big picture edits are done. So, what’s a writer to do?
Query? Yes of course, but that’s a lot of waiting around, twiddling my thumbs if I’m lucky. Crying and hiding under my covers if I’m not.
So what’s another option to keep my mind and anxiety busy? Book two. 🙂
I plan on jumping right on in to writing out an idea that began as a short a while ago. Over the time that it’s been squatting in my brain, many plot pieces, character elements, and questions have continually swirled around, refusing to let go. With the slight freeing up of grey matter that results from wrapping up the major writing portion of book one, I’ve decided to devote some real creative effort into the cloud of ideas that claim to be my second book.
My curiosity stems from the fact that I’m switching genres. My first book was a character driven, women’s interest mainstream fiction piece. Now…*drumroll please* I’m beginning work on a fantasy book, and this next part might be debatable, but if I were to be completely forthcoming, I’d have to say an epic fantasy book/trilogy. Seriously. 😮
And this transition is at the heart of my curiosity this month. My questions are:
1) Do you feel comfortable switching genres or are you a one genre kind of writer?
2) If you do write in more than one genre, what do you do to prepare yourself for the different styles, expectations, etc…?