At my writing meeting last night we talked about what we learned last year as writers. How we grew as writers. I like to push myself as a writer. Write outside my comfort zone by trying new genres, new formats. A few years ago I didn’t think I could write short stories. I’d been writing full length novels for ten years and didn’t know if I could tell a complete story in a shorter format. That’s when I started searching for calls for submissions for anthologies. I started with genres I liked, genres I read and ones I thought I could write. Then I started looking for calls in genres I didn’t write. And discovered I liked writing them. That expanded my genre base of stories I could write.
I tried other things last year too. My husband pointed out that in all of my stories my main protagonists are women. I decided to fix that when I did a writing prompt exercise at one of my writing meetings. I wrote the beginning of a story with a male main protagonist. And I actually liked it. But in a later writing exercise I took that even farther. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like first person narrative. I changed that male main protagonist exercise from third person to first. It was an interesting exercise. It made me think differently. What would a man notice in this situation? What would a man think about this? What would a man say about this? Despite not liking first person I wrote a short story in first last year as well. And I actually liked it. So never say never when it comes to writing.
Part of growing as a writer is to read more and in a variety of genres so I’ve gathered books for my to be read pile for this year. Some of the books in that pile are first person (gasp). And I will try to get through all of them plus ones for my book club. I may even go back to books I started last year but never finished. I did something similar for a TV show. When it first started I watched the pilot of Fringe. I think I even watched the second episode. It was right up my alley so I thought I would like it but at the time something about the second episode bugged me. I had a problem with something in it. But the second time around I made it through the whole first season and now I’m on season two. Whatever it was that bothered me didn’t seem to bother me this time. So maybe I’m getting a little more open minded about my TV shows.
Anyone have any recommendations for books to help me expand my reading material?
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A road trip goes wrong for a group of friends trying to help one of them get over a break up. They find an inn where the mirrors are cursed and they realize they don’t know each other as well as they thought they did.
A road trip without a plan sounded like a good idea when Lena and her friends hit the road. A mini vacation and support for Steve, recently dumped, have the friends travelling through small towns and back roads. After hours of driving in the heat in a cramped car they’re all ready for something to eat and a good night’s rest. Reflections Inn looks perfect for the group of friends. A little run down, it hides a supernatural horror.