I’ve heard other writers say that getting started is the hardest part. Not for me. It’s the middle and ending that are elusive. New story lines are to me what a squirrel is to a dog. Not only am I easily distracted and constantly chasing new ideas but I also engage in some serious genre jumping.
The first story beginning that I shared with my critique group could best be classified as a young-adult paranormal dystopian mystery romance. Did I lose you? Let’s call it a yaparadysmystro to make things easier. No? I quickly learned that each genre had specific guidelines that drove them and that it would probably be best if I chose one to focus on. It wasn’t long before my critique partners forbade me from showing them any new beginnings (and rightly so I might add). Thus, I began working diligently on my more genre-focused paranormal romance. About three quarters of the way through the rough draft I ran into a rather large problem. I like to refer to it as “the great computer crash of 2012.” Despite having an external hard drive for backup, as of this moment, I still have not been able to retrieve my work from the writing program I had been using.
After a few days of self-pity and a lot of chocolate, I decided to ditch the paranormal and start working on a contemporary romance story that I had been mulling over for a while. I was surprised to find the writing process so much more enjoyable this time. It was a relief to be free of the complexities involved in the type of worldbuilding that requires you to redefine universal laws. There was no more pondering whether vampires danced in the sun, shriveled up like a raisin or even sparkled because vampires didn’t exist! It turned out to be just what my overloaded newbie brain needed. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still incredibly hard work. It’s just that it feels like a better fit for me right now. I guess you could say that I’m not feeling as prone to chasing squirrels at the moment.
I’m curious to know what other writer’s experiences have been with genre. Were you always drawn to one? Or did you try out several before finding your niche?