They say if you're stuck writing one thing you should dive into something completely out of your comfort zone. I didn't write for almost two years. I futzed at stuff but nothing that moved stories forward. It was a bleak time.
Then I wrote a horror story and words flowed. The images that flickered behind my eyes were so powerful I had to record them. It was cathartic in a lot of ways. I'd been processing so much grief and rage that it was easy to understand not only the motivation but emotions of those characters.
When I was done that story I felt better about myself as both a writer and a human being. It's a good piece. It needs some tweaking and I'll get to that sooner rather than later.
The horror story made it possible for me to go back to writing romance. I not only believed in the power of love again,but that I had something interesting to say about it. The demons that had held me back from writing had been exorcised as part of writing the horror story.
Last week, someone left their little stuffed bear at work. So far I've written three stories about that little bear. More importantly, I've finished the rough draft of the novel-in-progress and am on track to finish the Hit by a Truck edits by the end of the month. I've been writing so much I've neglected the blog. Most of what I'm doing is the old pen and paper edits. I even took them to the doctor's office yesterday and worked away on the exam table. Why do they make you change into a thin cotton gown then wait 20 minutes for the doctor to appear? No problem, that was 20 minutes I put to good use.
What's the most interesting way you've heard of people switching gears for a project?