While I have my fantasy mystery making the query circuit, I’ve decided to start something new. And by new, I don’t mean another fantasy mystery; although, that would be the prudent course. But until I sell something I won’t know which style of my writing is going to resonate with an agent, publisher, and the general public. Once I figure that out, I’ll start building my brand.
Now that I have my disclaimer out of the way, let’s get back to the point of this post. The new WIP (work in progress) deals with family secrets and three adult siblings struggling with a tragic past. I eat up stories like that. I love reading them, and I love movies about them. Even though I personally think the characters in the movie, “Flesh and Bone” were miscast, the writing was brilliant.
It only seems natural that I should write such a story. There’s just one problem. It’s difficult to write. Yes, it is a strain to switch from writing that is fairly light to digging into real human emotional depths on a technical level, but it also leaves me feeling emotionally fragile. I’m slowly increasing the word count. In the past week since I’ve started it, I’ve written 4,000 words, but I’ve also hid from the book. So, I have written an affirmation for today:
I'm not making any excuses today. I'm not going to rush to play a computer game when a scene gets emotionally difficult. I'm a writer, not a coward. Because I'm a writer, I control my characters and plot; they don't control me. I will write 1,000 words today.