A Departure From the Norm

If you’ve been following the Wednesday WIPpets (and why wouldn’t you be?)

WIPpeteersyou’ll have noticed my last two were quite different than most of what you’ve seen here. I’ve been toying with an urban fantasy/paranormal romance for some time now and, well, it’s decided I should take it seriously. That means you’ll likely be seeing more of Ethan and the rest of the cast. (BTW, WIPpeteers, notice the badge? You like it? Claim it. 🙂 )

I’ve been pretty much immersed in fantasy my entire life. I read it, write it, watch it, and occasionally even paint/draw it. There’s a constant barrage of characters acting out scenes in my head. Always. That’s not to say I don’t venture into other venues. My bookshelf and Kindle are a testament to my eclectic tastes. I have Shakespeare, Poe, classic fairy tales, sci/fi, urban fantasy, historical fantasy, a few mysteries, dark tales, happy tales, serious, funny . . . you get the picture. I’ll read just about anything with a good story and awesome characters. As far as writing, with the exception of one or two short pieces and some failed (read: started, petered out, never finished) attempts at other venues, I’ve pretty much stuck to fantasy. I’m comfortable there. It’s familiar.

Yep, here’s me, stepping out of my comfort zone and tackling this new WIP head on. And you know what? I’m excited about it. I love the characters already, I’ve got a fair idea of where the plot’s going but being a pantser means I have no written road map, and it’s giving my brain something to focus on besides Emergence, which, as we know, is currently is first draft suckalisciousness mode. Though the couple days I’ve spent working on the new WIP (which may, or may not, be titled Crossing Paths) I’ve also been able to move ahead on Emergence. Baby steps but forward is forward.

If I can do it, you can do it. Get the hell out of the comfort zone. As the saying goes, Do one thing today that scares you.





  1. I think giving Emergence some space is probably the best thing you can do; your subconscious will have a chance to keep picking at it while the rest of your brain is occupied by the already-awesomeness of your urban fantasy/paranormal romance, which I’m very excited to see more of on upcoming Wednesdays. 🙂

    Also- CLAIMED! 😀

  2. Yes, you should definitely continue your urban fantasy/paranormal romance. It’s really exciting!

  3. I’m so glad you’ve decided to give this story a go! It sounds really interesting!

    • Thanks, Emily. I think the characters are glad I’ve finally decided to pay some attention to them as well. But, oi! are they a rowdy bunch!!

  4. Once I confronted my inner critic (which I’m actually posting about tomorrow) I stepped out of my comfort zone and back to writing I went. But the writing changed somehow, kind of like what you’re talking about with your WIP. I do believe the only way we can grow is to take risks.

    • Absolutely, Kate. One of my favorite quotes is something along the lines of, “Ships are safe in harbour, but that’s not what they were built for.” Of course, I don’t recall who said it, and am probably misquoting slightly, but the idea is there.

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