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does your writing surprise you?

I never meant to write about hockey. I’ve written about all sorts of things, fairies, artists a minister that kills demons, but only my hockey stories have really sold.

I am working on my first novel, one that was contracted on the strength of the first 20K words and today I’m wondering why my hockey stories sell and not my stories set in museums or hospitals.

Did I tap into some upcoming genre that I didn’t know existed when I wrote my first story about a shape shifting hockey player?

Is there really room for someone who writes ‘paranormal sports romance’?

Come to think of it how did I, one of the least romantic people I know, end up writing romances?

I guess part of being a writer is that you get to surprise yourself all the time, and I have certainly surprised myself. The novel I’m working on is not what I have imagined I would write, but that doesn’t make me love it less.

How about you? Has your writing life surprised you in any way?

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bodgei
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I do like being surprised when new things happen.

I think I'll always find it weird that I am a romance writter - but maybe I'll get used to it at some point.
tree_lady
Oct. 9th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
romantic hockey
I think we're all suprised by some things we write but, in your case, you -do- like hockey so that part makes sense.

As for the romance, lots of people write about betrayal and murder, royalty & business moguls, etc. That doesn't mean that they have experience in these things, or that they like them in Real Life (TM). Or that being involved in a romantic relationship turned out well for them.

You write about the experiences of your characters. If you've created well-rounded ones, they often tell -you- what they have an interest in or what their heart needs.

In one of my Nano manuscripts 3-4 years ago, a reasonably good-hearted scalawag/thief running from some thugs revealed that he sometimes wrote poetry, keeping it hidden in a little leather book. I was appalled. (I can't write poetry.) But I went with it, because the character's, uh, character required it.

In my current huge fantasy b/o/o/k trilogy, toward the end of what I've written so far, one character shows an interest in another character. The latter character is in a commited relationship, & has been since I started the first draft years ago. So I may be writing about a romantic triangle! I'm like, "Where did -that- come from?"
bodgei
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: romantic hockey
yeah. And I keep getting pulled away from the project about a player buying a car wash... I don't know exactly wher that came from. Other than a dream about it.

I think I'm haveing an affair with a second novel.
tree_lady
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: romantic hockey
Caution. Re having an affair with a second novel, since you're under contract with the first, try to be serially monogamous. :)

Is there really room for someone who writes ‘paranormal sports romance’?
Of course there is! You may have created a new sub-genre! The best books aren't knock-offs of others.
bodgei
Oct. 10th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
Re: romantic hockey
yeah I'm trying to settle the 'sexy new novel' by writing up an out line for it, and maybe useing it as a reward "look you finished your chapter for the week - you may now play with the other novel"

I have a freind who is published by this publishing house and they are a novel a year publisher... so haveing a second in the pipeline is a good idea, since I work so slow.

I wonder if I'll be like Charlies deLint - who started writing Urban Fantasy in the 80's but now that the sub-genre is all the rage he's still a mid-lister.
tree_lady
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Re: romantic hockey
Good idea, using work on the 2nd book as a treat!

"...they are a novel a year publisher... so haveing a second in the pipeline is a good idea, since I work so slow."

How much have you written so far?

I doubt that you write -that- slow compared to most authors. Sure, there's some who turn out a couple of books a year. Particularly in formula romance. But then there's lots of people who take 3 or 4 years to produce each book. Finally, there's the likes of Tolkien (and me).

Now I'm curious. If you knew how long it took people to write every book finished during the last fifty years, & figured out the average time the authors took, I wonder what you would get.

Anyway, I doubt you're -that- slow.
bodgei
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
Re: romantic hockey
I've written 40K on the Novel so far, I need between 60-80K

I good writting week for me, right now, is 3K so a little under 500 words a day. And that's a first draft. It's not so much slowness as lack of time. I probably get a half an hour to write most days. With three jobs most of my 'down time' is doing things like laundry and brainless tasks.

On the secon idea I have about 1K and a breif outline.
trystan830
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
i like your timing on this post.

has my writing surprised me? yes.

in fanfic, i write what the voices tell me... but they've been silent for about 2 years now.

i have a time-travel romance that's about 2/3 of the way written... i just need to get back to writing that one.

and the other morning - friday - i get woken up by a dream that wants me to write it down. i'm very surprised. =)
bodgei
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
I'm haveing that dream problem right now. It wouldn't be a 'problem'if I wasn't contracted to finsh this novel
trystan830
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
right, i understand.
bodgei
Oct. 10th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
I think I just need more time in the day.
trystan830
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
hehe i know what you mean.
tree_lady
Oct. 10th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm late! I'm late!
Me too!

Did you ever hear Donovan's "Lost Time"? Haven't heard it in years but there's lines about a little boy "taking time" to look at fish in a stream, etc.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 10th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
good luck with the novel.

my writing surprises me by being so very diverse in the plots and characters it gives me (and i might come back to this once I'm actually not brain dead exhausted)
bodgei
Oct. 10th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
thanks I need it (since I want to have an affare with the shiny new idea)

I always find there is at least one chericter that I'm like 'where did he come from?' in anything I write.

Good luck with recovering from brain dead exhaustion - I'm just getting ready for my 8th straight day of work and I work straight through until the 19th...
tree_lady
Oct. 10th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Ouch!
cornerofmadness
Oct. 10th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
new ideas are always a surprise. right now someone is trying to derail my nano plans (shut up brain)

Oh yes there is always that character or the one who takes over when s/he was meant to be a secondary character

oh ew.
bodgei
Oct. 11th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
yeah - you need to stomp on that thing trying to derail you.

I once stuck a chericter in something becasue I needed someone who could speak Finnish - then the guy took over for almost a year.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 11th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
stomping on it isn't always easy. Sometimes i just write out the scenes in my head to quiet it and put them aside.
bodgei
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
yeah, with this idea I made it a deal: if I get my word totals on my contracted Novel I would work on it for the rest of the week. My writting week is from Saturday to Friday so I managed to get two chapters out of the way this weekend, so until Friday the New Idea gets to have my attention.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 12th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
sounds like a plan
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bodgei
Oct. 10th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Yeah I love it when the chericters go off and do their own thing and I'm yelling at them "that's not what I want you to do"

I think makeing up my own league helped a lot with the parts I don't know - know. Beacuse I can say "well in my leauge they do it this way". You know I hadn't thought of it until now but writing slash and writing about prof athleats is kind of the same in a way - something that you or I could never have first hand experince with.
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