Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Writer's Wednesday: Struggles

Death By Donut has launched! The Pismawallops PTA series is, at least for the moment, at rest. I am free at last to follow up with the new sleuth who took up residence in my brain over a year ago.

Or am I? It feels like everywhere I turn with my new characters I come crashing up against something that feels too personal, or too disturbing. I could try to write a mystery without a murder, but it's not just the primary death--it's people's backstories with their losses and traumas, all sorts of things. I'm a little scared to move forward. Am I afraid of my own feelings, or of what others will think if I write something that few people will actually know resonates with my own experience? And isn't writing about our own pain part of what we do?

I could shift from mystery to other genres, but for one thing, mysteries are what I write, what I know how to write and what my readers are coming to expect. For another, I think the basic problem will always be there: I now know what a big life-changing, traumatic event feels like. I have to acknowledge that in my writing. Maybe it means I have to take my writing to another level, not away from the humorous, but maybe towards something with more substance?

This is hard.

But bit by bit I'm finding my way into the story, working through or around the things that are too difficult. One thing I've come out of this year knowing: I'm a writer.

 


 

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6 comments:

  1. If it feels too personal or disturbing it is... for now at any rate. If you want to write it but worry that it's too personal, your beta readers will tell you :) Hugs.

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    1. Thanks. I think that’s about what I’m deciding. I’m continuing to plot, and swerving away from things that bother me. There are many ways for this book to develop!

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  2. I think you will find most people can relate to any story that is written, if they do not like what it is about they do not have to read it. I would say go with what you feel you should do and not to worry about what others will think because you will never please everyone.
    Love the photo

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    1. Thanks--I liked the photo, too. And maybe that ray of light relates a little to what I'm writing about :)

      Yes, I think in the end I have to write what I want to write, and not try to second-guess how people will react.

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  3. There are some events that shatter and affect our lives for a long time after they happen. Maybe this is something you need to write only for yourself that you don't show to anyone. At least not right now. Maybe later, when the wounds aren't so painful, you'll want to share the story.

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    1. I think you are right. I am working around the difficult bits so that I can still write the mystery story without excessive pain. And yes, I'm writing some things I won't share.

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