IWSG Day & Risktaking

Happy IWSG Day! It’s the fourth IWSG of the year. With writing new stories. Rewriting, editing, querying and marketing, to start all over again, we stuck through it all. Thanks for bringing us together, to support one another in times of need, goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 3rd posting of the IWSG are: PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton!

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So what’s been going on with me this month? 

First off, I’ve been remiss and late with my greetings but… Happy National Poetry Month!

Now to answer today’s blog hop question. Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

Hmmm…

When it comes down to it then no, I am not a risk-taker when writing. Breaking things down I’m just trying to tell a story. If I try something radically different it’s either by accident or I thought it was interesting. For example, my still on hold sword and sorcery fantasy WIP Harbingers of El Tinor. Where it’s written in three POVs, Aithne, Calla and Lucinda.

Harbingers of El Tinor Cast

Yet, in the fantasy I’m currently re-writing and editing I’m tackling racism. And I wonder whether because of the controversial topic that I’ve only added/written 182 words so far. The main protagonist, Anaya, has encountered some form of anti-fae/magical creatures most of her short life. Even has a mark proving her non-human status, a branding on her hand. Which she later repurposes into a kick ass glittering tattoo.

But aside from that and a scene with a not so blast from her past that’s as in depth I’ve gone. Maybe I don’t want to go any deeper. What if I’m not capable of writing the topic, weaving it into the storyline? If I handle it lightly I risk not giving the topic a character in its own right, its due. If I handle it heavily, I risk hamming it up for shock value. Or it can also be because I’ve always waffled in the middle part of a story. Either way, my story is dead in the water. Again. Sigh, when will this break up, get back together, break, get back together cycle ends? When will I stay in love with my story?

What about you? Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

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    • A healthy balance between entertainment and opening someone’s mind. Does finding that balance come easily all the time or are there times you have trouble doing so?

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  1. It’s a shame to be rendered mute. Don’t let negative pressure kill your story. You have every right to tell it.

    As for when will you love your story again? That’s the inky part. There’s always a “I’m soooo not into you anymore” phase of the writing process. It’s not unlike romantic partnerships – we date a few before finding the right one. And then, the real work begins! 🤣

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  2. Looks like you’re taking some seasoned risks. Which is great! I’m sure this will get through. I also feel eventually all writers land up taking risks. They cannot risk not taking a risk if they must get somewhere!

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