A Question of Genre

Carrying on with my thoughts from yesterday about why I’m finding Broken Bonds so much harder to write than Sanchin, I had to ask myself, am I writing out of my genre?

No one could have been more surprised than me when my NaNoWriMo entry for 2008 turned out to fit the Young Adult category. Yet it flowed so easily that it was a pleasure to write. I could identify with my characters and therefore, hopefully, my audience.

My NaNo entry for 2007, my first year participating, was more an action/adventure/thriller type of story. I reached the 50 000 words, in fact, I ended up with well over 90 000 words but it’s still sitting, unedited, in a folder on my old computer. I don’t think I’ll ever even read over it again. It was just too hard to write.

Broken Bonds is along the action/thriller line. Well, it will be if the story remains as plotted. My decision to let the characters chose their own story for a while has certainly got the words flowing again. But I’m still feeling uncomfortable on this one. I don’t feel close to the characters yet.

Okay, so I’m starting to sound like a nutter again, but at least I’m writing. I’ll plod on like this for a while and see how it goes.