Something Old...Something New...

Saturday, September 08, 2007
I enjoyed Jean’s “exercise” post so much the other day, I wanted to report…I HAVE NOW ADDED WRITING EXERCISE TO MY DAILY ROUTINE! Not that I didn’t before but I’m doing it a bit differently.

The point of Jean’s post was to challenge ourselves by trying on a different writing hat every so often. Brilliant! Because I've always written for the inspirational and opinion categories, I went genre-hunting and chose something so far out of my genre I surprised even myself. Are you ready…I chose…horror. Not the slasher, Jason/Freddie Krueger, screaming-girl-bouncing-and-tripping-through-a-forest type of horror; but more the psychological thriller that has one sitting on the edge of their seats in “pins and needles” anticipation. And, guess what? I’m having a lot of fun.

Her post also gave me extra incentive to trudge forward with the thriller novel I started (I think it’s up to Chapter Five now…). Thanks so much for the fire under the bum, Jean! ;o)

NOW here’s a challenge for all of you: Go and choose a genre you’ve never written in before, write a story then enter it in a contest. Or post it here on the Blog on the free post day. I’d love to see what you can do out of your comfortable writing zone.

As for me, I think I’m going to try to enter my horror story in Byline’s “Spooky Story” theme. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Happy writing all!


Sue said...

Great Post, Chynna!! I love your new angle on Jean's previous post. It's fun to see how we can feed off each other's ideas and take concepts a step further.

Oh, if you want a "tame" version of exciting horror reads for kids, try Cirque du Freak, it's a series by Darren Shan. Sorry, ladies, he's definitely a man. But I just happen to love his series, and my kids (ages 11 and 12), also became hooked. Just in case anyone is looking for any other horror books, I recommend another horror writer, who is definitely NOT for kids. The first book in HER series is called Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book I, by Kelley Armstrong. She's a powerful horror writer who weaves a fully satisfying "other world" for readers. Just books for looking into if you're not familiar with horror. ;-)

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Both your post and Jean's gave me new perspective. Instead of being hesitant to enter the new contest because it's out of my comfort zone, I'm now going ot look at it as an interesting challenge. And the novel I started ABOUT a teenage girl..may end up being for teenage readers. That's something I've never considered before!

Chynna said...

Sue, I couldn't agree more. That's why I love this Blog so much.

Marci a hug-filled "good for you!". I've often been intimidated by a contest that's out of my league only to think of a brilliant idea after the deadline. GO FOR IT!!

Good luck with your book. I'd be interested to hear more about it.


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