Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Stepping outside your writing comfort zone
Recently I thought of what I think is a pretty damn good idea for a book. The idea started from a spark then after numerous emails from some of my closest writing friends the spark ignited into a wildfire. I couldn't stop thinking about this book idea. My fingers itched to hit the keys. All I could think about were these character and their story. Excited bloomed inside me just thinking about telling their story. Behind that excited hid a healthy does of fear as well. You see, this idea is completely different than anything I've ever done before. It combines sub genres I've never written. It will take research on subjects I've never written about and honestly, don't know a lot about.
Still, the excitement overcame the fear. I love this idea.
I sat down at the computer and started a little bit of the research. It made my eagerness to start the book continue to grow. Once I decided I was ready to sit down and start writing...nothing. I have one page of the book and I can't get anymore out. I don't know what it is. The idea is still so alive inside me yet it won't come out. I start a paragraph and delete. I turn on the computer, then shut it down. I just can't seem to make the story come out.
Is it because this story is so different for me that I mentally built a roadblock? Do I fear stepping outside my comfortable writing zone so much that I'm setting myself up to fail? I'm not sure. I hope not because I don't want to be that person who can only write one thing. Yes I want to feel comfortable and excel in my primary genre of writing but I also want to spread my wings.
Was it difficult for you the first time you tried writing something completely different? Do you write different genres or stick to one?