Out Of The Comfort Zone

Life has been pretty stressful over here in the Hebert household. I won’t go into details except to say that I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing for the last few days. I have been able to look over other wips that I’ve started and put aside though (sometimes I like to check in with old projects to see if there’s anything worth keeping, to see if anything sparks my interest).

I think I’ve mentioned that I have a story that I started working on, oh, probably 17 years ago. A fantasy. It’s a very ambitious project that I would love to complete because I love a good fantasy. But this project would be very time consuming, bigger than any project I’ve taken on before.

Now my question (or questions). Is it a smart idea to write outside your comfort zone? I write contemporary romances. I think I do a pretty good job at it. So should I put it aside to start on a completely new genre? And is it even a good idea for a new writer, who’s trying to establish a fan base, to wander away from the genre she’s writing in to try something new, or is this something that should be put off to a later date.

Not that I’m ready to jump into it today. I still have to polish up That Kind Of Magic, edit Dreamer’s Sea (with it’s new beginning) and write the sequel to Sweet Forever. Then I can decide.

The 5th season in New Hampshire has begun. Black Fly season has officially started. They come straight from the bowels of Hell. I’m sure of it. Soon they’ll be joined by mosquitos.

I love spring in New Hampshire.

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2 thoughts on “Out Of The Comfort Zone

  1. It is hard to know what to do. Lisa, our marketing director, told me I needed to focus on one genre while trying to get established. Even though I write chick-lit mystery, inspirational romance and mainstream, all are contemporary.I’m writing an inspirational romance right now and decided to focus on this genre. You seem very excited about the fantasy though so maybe you should get out of your comfort zone and go for it.

  2. OMG!!!!!!!!! Fracking blogger ate my comment!Okay lemme see if i can say it again. Absolutely positively! NO writing is wasted writing. You might find a second niche or better yet, your true niche. I once said I could NEVER write a sci-fi or paranormal and guess what my agent is shopping? That’s right…a futuristic paranormal. And it’s one of the best damned things I’ve ever written. So I say go for it!

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