Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A Brave New World (of writing)
So far, I've got this new book idea. My writing friends have been kind enough to tell me the idea doesn't suck lemons.
I also tested it on my nine-year old son (who's a Harry Potter fanatic) and I had to gently pry him away from my laptop when he wouldn't stop reading my brainstorming notes.
The only problem? All the fiction I've written has been YA.
This shiny, new idea is clearly middle grade.
Er. I don't write MG. I read it, a little, but not as voraciously as YA.
What's a person to do? It's like the project chose me, and I have little to do with choosing what type of novel it is.
So now I am reading MG and researching the differences between YA and MG, beyond the obvious (age, subject matter, voice, etc).
How about you? Have you ever been hit by an SNI in a genre/category you weren't used to writing? How did you adapt?
Also, please stop by Sarah Fine's blog to see how she answers this month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question: "How would you personify your muse?" Check out my answer from last week, and Laura Diamond's from the week before. Deb is up next week!