Playing With All the Toys

As a writer, I like to play with all the toys. This might make me a jack of all trades and master of none, but I hope not. This is one of the reasons I don’t limit myself to a specific genre, but include anything with something unusual in it.

Using my own stories as an example here’s what I mean:

  • Wild Concept = I wanted to write a non human main character.
  • Panama = I wanted to write a buddy story.
  • Arson = I really wanted to write a reverse character arc. The hero falls and has to rebuild.
  • The Cock of the South = I love a good fantasy. Maybe I should write one.
  • Will ‘O the Wisp = I wanted to try writing in first person.

They break down like this: two science fiction stories, two paranormal stories, and one fantasy. It’s a pretty even split between male and female main characters.Β The idea rattling around my skull right now is kind of a paranormal science fantasy – go figure.

I keep looking at other toys in the toy box. I see an epistolary style of writing in there, but don’t quite know how to use it. There’s an omnipotent viewpoint still in its original wrapper.

Are any of the other writers out there like this? Am I insane for wanting to play with all the toys? (Let’s limit the answers to this one reason why I’m insane.)

In other news:

This is the obligatory self promotion spot. If anyone still wants a copy of Wild Concept for free, time is trickling away. I’ve given away a lot of copies, and I’m kind of surprised. It’s too early to assess what upside, if any, this promotion has produced. I’ll blog about it when it’s over.


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17 responses to “Playing With All the Toys

  1. I had to look up “epistolary” because I have never seen or heard that word. According to Wikipedia, “An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings, and other documents are sometimes used.

    So maybe your next novel can be a paranormal science fantasy told using the epistolary style.


    • Didn’t mean to make you run to Webster’s. It’s a tough style to write in, but when it works it’s awesome. One of my all time favorites is the original Dracula.

      Maybe I’d be better served learning to do one thing correctly before I flutter to the next shiny thing.


  2. Dani

    Never! All of the shiny toys all of the time! πŸ™‚

    But more seriously, experimenting and stretching the creative muscles in as many different formats/styles as you can is a good thing. Lord knows I’m doing the same. I’ve got a screenplay going, two novels half plotted, and several short stories.


    • That’s pretty ambitious. When I’m writing it’s one project at a time. Maybe that’s why the self publishing stuff’s driving me crazy.

      I published Panama, ran a promotion for Wild Concept, possibly found a cover artist for Arson, and arranged a copyright license for some lyrics in Will ‘O the Wisp. I don’t like being spread that thin.

      Plus, it keeps me from writing for now.


      • Dani

        I have that many projects going so when one stalls–and stalling is inevitable–I always have work to do.


      • That’s awesome if you can handle it. I get really stressed when I can’t measure my progress. Nudging every project forward is just as successful as running with one project. For some reason I get stressed when things aren’t noticeably progressing. That’s why I limit myself to one writing project.


  3. If you are insane, just remember, there is a fine line between insanity and genius! πŸ˜€ Seriously, though, sci-fi, paranormal and fantasy are pretty closely related. It’s not like you’re switching between chick-lit romance and World War One told from a fallen pilot’s POV. If it makes you feel any better, I recently had a similar dilemma… I had an idea for a Holocaust period piece, but because I write psychological thrillers, it didn’t “fit” with my genre. Eventually, I came up with an ending that could technically classify it as a PT, but when I get to writing it, it will definitely be 95% period piece, 5% PT. Great post! πŸ˜€


    • Some times I think I should just worry about good 3rd person POV. Learn to make it wonderful and stick to one of my core areas.

      Craig Boyack

      No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune. – Plutarch



  4. I’d love a copy of Wild Concept.


  5. It’s great, isn’t it–writing is the best hobby/vice/profession/obsession ever. I’ve been thinking of the non-human first person narrator–but how to venture from “gosh these humans are strange” to truly un-human perceptions, expressions, thought-processes without messing too much without being too heavy handed with syntax (Yoda syndrome). Sigh. Grat blog–glad I found it–and thanks for the free book. I’m going to dig into it tonight.


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  7. Johng152

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