Trying To Write In Another Genre

A good friend of mine reminded me of something that happened a while ago.

He told me that life had given him some challenges currently and sometimes his head is full of thoughts about how to accomplish his tasks. At the moment he does have difficulties to write. He sits down, waiting for creativity to kick in and nothing happens.

Is this writer’s block? I don’t know, and since I’m not a too experienced writer, I would never presume to ‘diagnose’ such an excellent and gifted writer as he is. Much smarter heads and experienced writers have dealt with writer’s block before. I even published a post about it in February 2015 “Kiss Your Muse Hello.”

But what he said reminded me of something that happened a while back and made me laugh. And yes, I told him about it.

A while back when I realized my fantasy ran dry, I tried to tickle it by writing something I normally do not write.

As many of you know, I’m a writer of Paranormal Romance and Fantasy. But at this moment I decided, I would try to write a hot, steamy, and romantic, erotic scene. Occasionally I do read a sexy novel, and I was curious how I would do.

When I had finished the scene, I was quite proud of myself. I found it turned out to describe what I just saw going on in my head.

 

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I set the few pages aside and went on to ‘daily business,’ whatever that was at this time.
I have to mention here: my idea did work. Writing in this unknown genre, in fact, awakened my ideas and fantasy, and I was able to continue with my new story.

I had nearly forgotten about my short trip into the erotic genre until I one day got the few papers in my hand while searching for some documents.

Sitting down and leaning back I re-read them…

… and started laughing so hard, I nearly choked. I screamed and howled with laughter. Earlier in this post, I said, after writing it, I was proud, I had considered I exactly described as the scene was in my head, right?

Re-reading these pages now showed me that I was completely wrong.

In my head, the scenery and what happened was perfect, yes. Including the smells, the sounds, the whispers… but on the paper, the entire erotic, sexy, steamy scene was about as erotic as the mating of gummy bears.

 

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I figured, and I still do, that there must be a reason, why I picked ‘Paranormal Romance’ and ‘Fantasy’ my genres. Apparently ‘steamy hot’ is not for me to describe. I deeply admire every writer who can do it.

Now there are two questions at this point: Are the current stories I write that far off from my imagination as well? This would suck; even though my editor said no (which calms me a little bit).

And the second question: Have you ever tried to write in another genre, and how did this work for you? Thanks for sharing your experiences.

 

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Bashing People for What They Read

I honestly think Steven Capps makes a point with his blog post. Thanks for this.

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Hey guys, sorry about the lack of post last week. I have been teaching summer school over in Atlanta and have been super busy. This isn’t really an excuse, but I feel like its always good to keep you in the loop. In other news, I got a contract for a super small part in an audiobook, so I will make sure to let you know once the story is published. Enough pretense, here is this week’s post.

Bashing People for What They Read

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So this is going to be a bit of a rant. I want to discuss a few extremely popular books such as Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, and Harry Potter. If you regularly frequent the literary blogosphere, you might have an idea about what this is going to be about, but I am NOT going to write an entire rant disbarging the quality of writing in the…

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How to SELL Your Book—First, What IS It?

One of my favorite writers, bloggers, teachers and amazing human being, Kristen Lamb, has published a blog post on “How to sell your book” – and how to find out what it is.

Additionally, don’t miss: W.A.N.A. offers a new class “How to Maximize Your Earning Potential as a Full-Time Author Learn from Hollywood Producer Joel Eisenberg”

Isn’t this phenomenal? Check it out. Thank you so much, Kristen!

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Before we get started, a quick announcement. I want to let you know that I begged, pleaded and bartered for Hollywood Producer Joel Eisenberg to offer a Master’s Series and being the AWESOME human being he is, he is doing How to Maximize Your Earning Potential as a Full-Time Writer just for us. This is three two-hour classes learning from a big name in Hollywood in your own home and it is recorded if you can’t make it live. He normally runs this series for $399, but he is super helpful and generous and giving it to us for $199.

The film industry is BOOMING and filmmakers need writers who can create excellent content. Joel is going to teach you how to tap into that massive emerging market.

Valentines Day gift. *wink wink* Just sayin’.

Okay, let’s sally forth…

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Author Spotlight – Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Author PhotoWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

First, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity. My name is Yecheilyah Ysrayl (Yecheilyah pronounced e-see-lee-yah) but most people just call me EC, and I started writing when I was twelve years old.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

Reading is actually a big motivation for me to write and always have been. There’s something about looking at how others have written that makes me want to write too. But, more deeply, life in general is a big motivation for me as well; my experiences, good and bad, my journeys, my revelations, and my sorrows. I think these emotions and testimonies of ours on an individual level, is a very powerful tool to be used to create that bridge of commonality with the rest of mankind. Those things we encounter in our everyday lives as we journey on to discover who we are is a huge catalyst for writing for me personally. So my writing, it comes from living and learning.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I’ve written in a number of genres, to include Sci-Fi, but my favorite genre to write is Historical Fiction because I’ve always been in love with black history and literature. It’s an interesting thing though; I do not think that I consciously chose to write Historical Fiction but that my passion for identity and nationhood sort of, naturally, drove me into the genre. As I think about it now, it’s so much disinformation out there in regard to history itself that I just feel compelled to contribute in some way; to use my writing as a tool in the restoration of the truth.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I think my biggest goal is for my books to change the way that people have come to look at the world, and I think my dream would simply be a manifestation of that by way of someone’s life or their testimony. Whether it’s a compliment, a book review, or an interview like this one! It’s just great positivity to use as writing fuel when you can see that your writing is not in vain. So, I just want my books to be a stepping stone in that person’s life who have always wondered about the violence, the discrimination, and the so-called American dream. I want my books to be the beginning of the answer to “Why?” Besides this, I have no specific dreams in mind as to where my writing would take me other than to further introduce these truths to those who are willing to receive it. I mean, I wouldn’t mind my Stella Trilogy being part of Oprah’s book club! The bigger the audience, the greater the impact.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

Yes! I do suffer from Writer’s Block actually. However, I have come to appreciate that when I can’t write it is because I am not supposed to at the moment. Meaning, when I am experiencing Writer’s Block it’s usually because I’m trying to force myself to write instead of let it come naturally. To deal with this, I just stop trying and focus my mind on something else until the inclination to write returns naturally.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

I always say that new and aspiring authors should develop a passionate and loving relationship with reading. Though I didn’t start to actually write things down until I was twelve, I can remember that I’ve always loved to read. I could sit in a quiet place (even now) for hours and hours just reading. When I did start to write, it was because I read something that moved me to want to mimic that poem I read. So my advice would be to read because it is reading books, seeing the words on the page and how they are structured, that gives you that subconscious foundation to the skill that is writing books. I would also say not to limit your reading though; don’t just read books that you find entertaining but try to go beyond your comfort zone. Reading is just as informative and educational as they are entertaining.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I Self-Published for the first time in 2008 but it wasn’t until 2010 that I seriously got into the whole book publishing industry itself. Since then, I’ve written three poetry collections, one novel, a screenplay, and a trilogy. At this point in my life, however, I’m writing Historical Fiction novels and novella’s that delve into the many complexities that is slavery, racism, discrimination, and police brutality in the African American community. Not just in its relation to the surface information to which we are all aware, but my works focus more on the spiritual and mental reasoning and effects of these struggles concerning blacks in America. The Stella Trilogy, my recent work, covers three generations of individuals who are descendant from a woman named Stella. We begin with Stella’s enslavement in book one, her granddaughters complex decision to pass as white in book two, and her great grandson in book three who is also biracial and is on a quest to understand exactly what freedom is. As a result, he and his friends leave their mother’s homes to journey toward finding this out. It is my hope that these kinds of books will bring back that knowledge and history that is so often stripped from us and more importantly, that these kinds of books will bring healing. Healing not just to the African American but to all people as we journey to reconnect with that lost love that is our very identity.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


Contact Yecheilyah:

Author Website (Where all of my books are found in paperback) http://www.literarykornerpublishing.net/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl

The PBS Blog https://thepbsblog.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/literarykornerpublishing

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahouseofpoetry

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yecheilyah/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yecheilyahysrayl

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Yecheilyah/


Yecheilyah’s books:

 

Amazon US

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Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/yecheilyah?_requestid=1134211

Kobo

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/search?query=Yecheilyah%20Ysrayl&fcsearchfield=Author

iBookstore

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stella/id961269157?mt=11

Lulu

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Author Spotlight – Sharon K. Connell

Welcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.  

My name is Sharon K. Connell, author of A Very Present Help, Paths of Righteousness, There Abideth Hope, and soon to be published His Perfect Love.

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

The first time I sat down to begin writing a story was about seven years ago, sometime in 2008. 

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

The first thing that motivated me to write was my friend, Alan J. O’Reilly, author of Sound of Battle and Desired Haven. We had known each other for years and every time I would recount something I had gone through, he would tell me, “You need to write that in a book.” When I went through Hurricane Ivan, while living in Pensacola, Florida, I told him about the experience. Again, he told me that I should be writing and use those experiences in a story. This time, I took him up on the idea. However, I did not write about the Hurricane. I started to, but for some reason a romantic setting and situation came to mind instead. I began writing down my thoughts and suddenly, I had a story.

Today, the motivation comes about the same way. An idea pops into my mind and I start forming ideas about it. Usually, strange as it may seem, the hook comes to mind first (for anyone reading this and not being familiar with that word in writing, it is the first part of the story that you write to grab the reader, to make him or her want to read on and find out what happens next). That did not happen on my first published book (which is actually the second story I wrote) but it has happened with each of the others. 

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

My genre is actually a combination of three, Christian Romance Drama. I am a Christian Romance writer but my stories include a lot of Drama and this last one (yet to be published) has some Mystery mixed in. I chose the Christian Romance because I am a Christian who loves to read a good love story… a good, clean love story. I also like drama, a good laugh (my stories always have some fun parts to them) and mystery. 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

Currently, my goal is to get my fourth novel finished, then to get it published, and then tackle the re-editing of my first three novels, to publish a 2nd edition on each. (The first three novels were written before I knew a lot about writing and editing—not that I know a whole lot about it now. The stories are good but the writing itself needs some cleaning up.) My long-term goal is to write as long as God gives me the talent and energy to do so, and to be the best writer I can be for His Honor and Glory. My long-term dreams are for my books to be on a best-seller list, and I intend to work hard for that. 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

So far, I have been fortunate enough not to have this problem. Once I start a story, it simply flows out of me. Sometimes I might get stuck with “how am I going to justify that happening,” but even then, I do not get stuck long. I have heard other writers talk about this, and most agree that walking away from it is the best thing to do for a while. When they get back to it, usually they have some fresh ideas.   I think that this is what I would do. It worked well when I was employed in the clerical/medical field. It should work for writing as well. 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

I think the best advice for me to give to a “new, hopeful author” would be to “Do it!” I have heard this more than once, having been given that advice by Alan so long ago. Even if you do not think you can, but you have had the desire to or thought about writing something, go ahead and give it a try. You will find out quick enough if it is what you should be doing, I believe. Do not let others discourage you. When I first started, Alan was my only encouragement. Once I had written several chapters to a story and had a couple of people at my church read what I wrote, I got further encouragement. Now I get encouragement from all kinds of places. DO IT!

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.  

As I mentioned in my introduction, I have written three novels.

A Very Present Help is filled with romance and danger, suspense, and betrayal. A young teacher’s childhood sweetheart, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, breaks off their long engagement because he has fallen in love with a female Marine whom he was instrumental in rescuing from insurgents. The teacher’s faith is tested almost to the limit when a man whom she has just recently met begins stalking her. Added to these problems, the teacher cannot get her mind off another Marine she only met once shortly after becoming engaged, someone she thinks she will never see again. Events weave a tapestry with the lives of all these people.

Paths of Righteousness is the first story I wrote but was put on the back burner until I published A Very Present Help. This story is about a beautiful young woman working as an Office Manager in a Family Practice Clinic and a strikingly handsome but somewhat arrogant doctor who comes to work there. The antagonist in this story is a former co-worker of the heroine from another office who has vowed revenge on her because she rejected his advances. Lots of misunderstandings and assumptions cause problems galore. It may even remind you a bit of the feelings you get reading Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen…”will they or won’t they ever get together???” Oh yes, there is also another man in the heroine’s life who adds more complication and causes a lot of confusion to our girl until she has a crisis.

There Abideth Hope is about a former Navy nurse who decides to stay in Pensacola, Florida, when her enlistment ends, getting a job at the local hospital. While in college, before initially enlisting, she had been an eyewitness to the murder of one of her professors. The murderer winds up in Pensacola and the problems start when he recognizes her. An attempted murder at the hospital where she is employed takes place on her floor. A storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico while the nurse and the man she is falling in love with get involved trying to help some teen victims of the man who got away with murder in her past. Human trafficking, rave parties, drugs, and total disregard for life itself cause havoc in their lives. Their faith is tested to the breaking point.

My newest story, His Perfect Love is about one of the characters who has shown up as a “bad girl” in previous stories. She is tired of her past life. But does she really want to change? God begins working in her life by throwing obstacles in her path. One of the men from her past, a very nasty type, has sent someone to get rid of her because of the information she may have about his illegal business affairs. Whom does she trust? She is not sure she can trust any of her three current love interests, her new fiancé, the wealthy businessman she is secretly dating, or the electronics engineer who comes to her office to work on their system and flirts unashamedly with her. One of them is an FBI agent, one is a killer and one is just a normal sweet guy, but who is who? She decides to run. Will she succeed in changing and will she ever have a normal life?

This last book is still in the editing phase, hopefully to be published later this year.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for the opportunity of presenting my work and myself.

 

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My links:

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Website: https://sites.google.com/site/rosecastleplace

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonkconnell

Facebook Page: sharonk.connell@facebook.com

Author’s book page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/averypresenthelpbook1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKConnell

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/sharonkconnell

Group Forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/writersandauthorsforum/

 

And for my book videos:

 

A Very Present Help by SharonKConnell http://youtu.be/aRGooJjxaHUSharon_K_Connell3

 

 

 

 

Paths of Righteousness by SharonKConnell http://youtu.be/w2JkmYqhFyESharon_K_Connell2

 

 

 

 

There Abideth Hope by SharonKConnell http://youtu.be/16G7IZaZB9YSharon_K_Connell4

Choosing a Genre—Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story Part 7

This is quite some informative list for upcoming authors. I even will go somewhat further and recommend to subscribe to the blog. There is so much to learn! Kristen Lamb is an expert within the writer’s world.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 10.42.33 AMUnderstanding structure helps us write cleaner and faster. Whether we plan every detail ahead of time or just intuitively have the architecture in our head, structure makes the difference between a workable first draft and a nightmare beyond salvage.

I know a lot of you are chomping at the bit right now to get writing. All in due time. Today we are going to talk genre and why it is important to pick one.

Understanding what genre you are writing will help guide you when it comes to plotting your novel. How? Each genre has its own set of general rules and expectations. 

If we don’t pick or we get too weird, we will confuse agents and readers because there is no clear idea of where this sucker should be shelved. It will also make plotting more than problematic.

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Author Spotlight: F. E. Feeley jr. – Book Release “Still Waters” today, March 30, 2015

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Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing? Honestly, looking back, I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. From little bits of nothing really, to short story contest that I won during Halloween, and into my college career. Why it took me so long to pen a book, I’ll never know.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? The world around me. The things I see pass by me. The people I’ve met and fallen in and out of love with. Friends that I’ve had and still have. Life is the biggest muse.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? I write in the m/m genre, or gay romance as some call it. However, Horror is my forte for the time being. I write about what scares me and right now, the world is a pretty intimidating place for gay people. I take modern issues, wrap them in things that go bump in the night, and have the reader consume it that way. Oddly enough, I think it’s easier to do that than to write a contemporary romance with similar themes.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? Oh God, honestly? I would like to make enough money to support my husband and I. I would like to pay off our house, pay off our student loans, and make a life for us. It’s a pipe dream, sure, but its still there.

 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? I do, on occasion. Some people write through it. I can’t. If there is nothing there, there is nothing there. The late great Robin Williams described being an artist to being attached to this stream of consciousness through a doorway. When that doorway is open, I write. When I don’t. I can’t.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? Some would say write, some would say read and I am sure there is truth to both things, but I say watch. Observe the world around you. Take it in. And speak. Nina Simone said it is an artist’s responsibility to reflect the world around them. I take that responsibility pretty seriously.

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. Well, right now I am immersed in writing a series entitled Memoirs of the Human Wraiths. These are stand-alone novels and they begin with The Haunting of Timber Manor, Objects in the Rearview Mirror, and the soon to be released Still Waters. Each book deals with a major theme. The first, is buried secrets. The Second, facing fear. And the Third, revenge. Where this series is going to go, I still am not sure. But we will see.

Outside of that, I have a novella being released through Cool Dudes press called Indigent which will be included in an anthology by the same name. That releases April 25th and it’s for a charity that will take donate all proceeds to homeless shelters in four countries, The United States, The United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia in an effort to get LGBT kids off the streets.  

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


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Buy Links: 

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/fe-feeley-jr

 

Amazon:

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