Thursday, February 3
Mini contest: Just be creative
A good book is a good book.
For me, reading or writing only in one genre is a little bookist.
One of my favorite writers is Michael Crichton, especially the middle years. I've always liked his ability to write across the genres. Take Disclosure (not the movie, please). It's part family drama, legal thriller, company espionage, with a sprinkling of sci-tech all meshed together to create a book that's impossible (at least for me) to put down. I loved that he did the research and I all I have to do is read the story.
In the mid-ninties, I was in a online crit group where we sent out writing challenges every week and you had to choose two to write. It was actually great practice and a fantastic way to sample other genres of writing that may have frightened you before. During that time, I experimented with Sci-fi--three astronaunts crash on a planet that is controlled by a society that's created bat-like robots called Dankfa, Fantasy--characters climb off of tapestry hanging in a castle under an eclipse. Dystopian--a society ruled by the Blondes. Flash fiction-a fairy tattoo leads her elderly to her final destination.
These are just some of my experimentations. Are they publishable? Probably not. But those forrays into other genres opened up doors I hadn't expected to come upon. And lessons I learned with these experiations definietly imploved my writing.
And isn't opening new doors or windows what writing is about?
So today I leave you with a challenge. Pick door and tell us what's behind it. And I have a little surprise for the winner. Best of luck. I can't wait your entires. Inspirs you, me, and all of our loyals readers.