Thursday, 20 March 2008

Genre-busting

I'm writing something completely new at the moment - a one-off children's novel. Normally I write children's series - either comic, breezy stories, or ultra-girly, princess/fairy stories - but this one doesn't fit in either category. It's quite spooky and atmospheric - I'm trying to channel the style of Tom's Midnight Garden and The Children of Green Knowe , with strange goings-on in a mysterious old house. It's so refreshing to write in a different style and genre - I am really enjoying it. How about you - have you ever experimented with a completely different kind of writing?

(short post today, sorry - keen to get back to my ghosts!)

11 comments:

Pacha said...

I find if I'm not careful (and so admittedly I try not to be careful because it is so much fun to write) I can be very Magic Realist. Bl**dy typical of us South Americans.

liz fenwick said...

Sounds brilliant. DH loved the Green Knowe and introduced it to ds2. Look forward to hearing more about it.

Re writing something new......well trying that on the blog by writing in first person and a new line in thriller meets chick lit sort of.......

Cal said...

Oooh sounds great. It's fantastic you're enjoying it so much.

I've dabbled with a few genres when writing short stories. I've written 3 sci-fi stories, something that doesn't come naturally, with differing results. Okay, no results (none of them have been published or won me a prize in a comp!) but out of the three of them one wasn't bad (I still think I can find a home for it), another needs some work before it's not bad and one was downright rubbish!

I've written a few stories from a male POV too (something I don't do often) and they've done pretty well (one was published in The Lancet Fact to Fiction issue). I enjoy writing from a male POV from time to time. I find it quite freeing.

I'm too early on in my novel writing career to experiment yet. Best to stick to what I know and love there for now!

Lucy Diamond said...

Pacha - ooh yes I can imagine - huge scope for anything happening, and the story turning any which way you please! Might try that myself next...

Hi Liz, thriller meets chick lit sounds great! I will check it out...

Hi Cal - blimey, sci-fi and a male POV, that sounds incredibly brave from where I'm sitting. I couldn't do either very easily but I can see that it would be liberating.

Leigh said...

No, but I'm itching to try urban fantasy!
(At least in part because I reckon there's a bandwagon to be jumped on there!)

KAREN said...

Sounds wonderful :o)

I've definitely got a psychological thriller in me but, weirdly, I scare VERY easily even though I know what's going to happen! I end up veering back towards light n' humourous!

Lucy Diamond said...

Leigh - I like the sound of urban fantasy - get on that bandwagon, quick!

Karen, yes, I think light and humourous is my 'natural' area of writing. (God that sounds pretentious, sorry!) I am definitely too much of a wuss to attempt anything really scary - even my spooky children's book is starting to get under my skin, tragic eh?

Rob Hopcott said...

Writing, generally speaking, an online flash fiction a day plus the odd article means I get a lot of opportunity to experiment.

Having toyed with women's POV (silly idea, although I think it worked) I'm now struggling with humour and really enjoying every minute.

The nice thing about humour (OK, dammit, humor) is that it doesn't seem gender specific and therefore the potential reader pool is greater.

The downside is that there is loads of competition. However, lots of the competition is simply recycled jokes so new writing should eventually attract a reasonable following.

That's the theory, anyway.

(I don't think I fancy having a go at Chick Lit, though.)

mjmoore said...

Is there no end to your talents?! LOL

Good luck with it!

Fiona said...

Because I'm such a novice, I don't really know if I can write in more than one genre or even write on one genre!

A couple of nights ago, though, I dreamt a whole short story but it was very violent and unnerving so I'm not sure whether to write it up or not.

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi Rob, sounds a good eclectic mix! Glad you are enjoying the humour - sorry, HUMOR. ;)

Hi Michelle, I don't know about talents, it might turn out rubbish but I'm having fun so far!

Hi Fiona, how handy, dreaming whole stories! I know what you mean about violent and disturbing fiction though - I don't think I'm cut out for such stuff either. But maybe you'll suprise yourself..!