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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami July 5, 2014 - 7:46am

Is it usually due to temporary boredom with that genre, or is it that your just wanting to do a sort of one gig writing opprotunity, and then go back to what you were originally doing?

I'm not sure what it is, its like my current work is increasing having no tell tale traits of any particular genre, tending instead to cross over things (like fairies with robotic wing prosthesis, GPS systems, and cyborg eyes.)

Then I'll write something like that one picture book I did, that has no resemblance to my science (young adult) fiction work at all. Being more of a family drama that happens to be a liminal fantasy thing.

Then every now and then the old genre seeps through.

The less I outline, the more I seem to cross-genres.

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Frank Menser from North Carolina August 7, 2014 - 6:54am

I go where the idea takes me.

The simple rule of my writing is: get that idea down - you can always fix it later.

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Josh Zancan from Crofton, MD is reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck August 7, 2014 - 12:24pm

Yeah, go where it takes me.  For instance, I started writing a story because I heard someone use the writing prompt "rural crime noir" (one of of the LitReactor threads, nonetheless - somebody soliciting submissions).  I had just got done my Arrest Us submission, so I was riding the noir train pretty hard already. I immediately knew how the story would begin, and how I would write it, with no real plan of where to go from there.  I had a few crime noir ideas but they were pretty generic and I didn't really have a hook for any of them.  No character motivation, no theme.  The shell was there but there wasn't anything I would be really writing about on a bigger sense outside of the frame of the story.  And the more time I spent with the character, the more I realized he wasn't the type of person I had thought he was when I started writing.  Ideas for little idiocyncracies and types of scenes began to sprout up, and those things fascinated me way more than any other idea I had.  I'm still early on in the first draft, but my direction is already nowhere near rural crime noir.  In fact, the only thing it has in common with that idea is the rural part.  Perhaps the story may shift in that direction again, I'll just have to see, but I think it's a good example of starting with the mindset of one genre and changing course into another based on where the story takes you.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami August 7, 2014 - 2:35pm

At first I wasn't sure what kind of posts they were going to be.XD

Cool, I'll try just seeing where it takes me.