First of all, thanks to everyone who cheered me up and wished me luck when I had a flare up. I'm feeling much better now thanks! I'll get ill again but I'm hoping I have at least two months off!
So here is my post. I've missed regular blogging! And I've missed you guys too! You're seriously the most awesome people I've met! Especially Heather.
I went to a creative writing group a while ago and usually I tend to stay well away but I thought I'd try it out to see how it goes.
The people there were lovely and we were doing a humongous collaboration.
That is where the problem started. No one could decide upon a genre.
The solution: use every genre possible.
Woah! That's a bit extreme I know! But this is how it went down.
"Lets give her some problems like grief to deal with."
"Lets put some vampires in! But scary ones."
"Lets put some dytopia in! We need a weird government for no reason whatsoever."
"And some mystery, adventure, action, suspense, horror, thriller and romance but because we're intelligent peoples, the romance has to be a back-story! All good writers avoid writing romance!"
"And we need a mysterious title"
Everyone wanted a bit of everything. It was only when we looked at it all again, I realised we'd have to write it. I mean GOD! How do you do that? And the plot wasn't even fully fleshed. But these guys wanted to write it within six months.
I've been planning my fantasy series since 2008 and I'm not even properly at the writing stage! I can't write a novel in six months! Well no, I can but it would be no good. I'm not that kind of a writer. And the mashup of genres was awful. Seriously, if you're going to use multiple genres, at least have one main genre and sprinklings of other genres. These guys wanted all the genres to be important though and it didn't work.
They were prepared to jump in and then I realised that I wasn't that kind of a writer at all. I like to think and relax. I like to mix and match but I also want my ideas to complement each other.
And yes, I have been planning my children's fantasy since 2008. I've gone through many different plot changes though and mixed so many ideas together that the current plot is a stark contrast to my previous plots!