I get a bit weird when I’m starting a new project, my wife attributes this to imposter syndrome.
It’s also that when I’m starting a new project, I feel that I’m abandoning genres that I feel more comfortable writing.
The fact is that I’ve been writing horror for the last year. Following a set of rules when I write and I’ve tossed them and trying something new. Maybe that scares the hell out of me, but I want to write what I enjoy.
The new story has horror elements but is definitely Grimdark fantasy.
I happened upon this story when I wrote a short one that I’m submitting next month. I mentioned that on Monday’s post.
This whole thing started because of that story. But I have no path for it. I have no idea where it’s going and after writing with a beat sheet or outline for the last year, it scares the hell out of me to write another way.
The longer form stories I’ve written this year have been good, better than I’ve written in a while and maybe that’s why doing this scares me.
Let’s get to the meat of this issue.
The stories I’ve written this year have had a formula.
Take a story archetype(clowns, aliens, ghosts), add an element(serving a higher power, seeking truth, helping another), then throw in a thing(graveyard, hospital, guitar) and use those to create a story.
I have done none of those with this project.
I’m sure that’s the problem and I need to think about it more, or I need to pull something from my bags. I have bags where these archetypes, elements, and things are kept. It’s a thing I learned from Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner.
I abandoned it for this project and I’m sure that’s why I’m struggling.
I guess I answered my own question.
Sometimes working through by writing it down helps.