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‘Things just keep getting weirder’

I’ve been singing this line to the tune of whatever that song they use for ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ is, you know, the line that normally goes ‘things just keep getting better’. I barely even watched that show, but the tune is there, and the title of this post keeps rocking through my brain on repeat.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my writing and how it’s developing. I’ve started to think that my ideas are getting more strange than normal, a little more out there, pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone in ever increasing circles. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact I think it’s a sign that I am more confident in trusting myself when I come up with something.

It doesn’t mean I’m insane, or that anythings wrong with me, it just means that I’m okay about letting my mind wander to places that other people perhaps wouldn’t. It’s an evolution of sorts, from the safe places we often visit when we’re beginner writers, to the places where we actually long to be.

Which is not to say that I adore all these thoughts and ideas, hell, I’d love to lock some of them in a cupboard never to see the light of day. But I trust myself enough to know that I can do a good job with the stories they entail, that I won’t do something just for shock value. It’s a clear sign that I want to be my own writer, not one who just paddles along the shore in case they get caught in a rip current. I want the challenge, the thrill of taming a beast down into something that others will enjoy regardless of the content.

Which has led me to wonder whether I could actually go back and write the other stuff. The safe, tame stuff that I began on. I’m shaking my head as I sit here. No, I don’t think I can. I don’t think I want to.

It’s just not me.

How have your ideas evolved as you write? Do you find that you come up with more challenging content the further you push yourself as a writer? Or did you dive in head first to begin with?

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4 thoughts on “‘Things just keep getting weirder’”

  1. I don’t know about ideas, but my style has changed.

    I suppose my style has, because I have started writing dark short stories and that was something i would not have contemplated even six months ago.

    My ideas come and go, they get noted down until such time as I have time to spend on them.

  2. I find my ideas are a lot more complex now than when I started writing. My stories tend to be a lot more character-focussed than plot-focussed now.

    Pushing your boundaries is important as an artist. If you don’t stretch and explore, you are in danger of stagnating.

    1. So very true. I would hate to stagnate.

      I think character driven stuff is much more interesting than plot, drives me nuts when I hear all about plot plot plot…. give me some interesting characters I can connect with and the plot will fall into place naturally.

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