Stepping outside the genre comfort zone

Created about 2 years ago by Allison Griner with 19 comments
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Dsc 00352 square Kaytalin Platt · Author · added about 2 years ago
Could you guys created a shared username and password? Maybe a shared Gmail address to use for logging in? Google Drive works too. My friend and I used that last NaNoWriMo when we were working on a book together. 
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · added about 2 years ago
I am looking at Notebook and I can’t see an option to collaborate on a Universe with another person. That is what I would like to use it for, so without that option it’s actually less useful than creating a free wiki or shared Google drive. For simplicity of setting out characters, items, locations, etc, it looks great.
Dsc 00352 square Kaytalin Platt · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 2 likes
Just checked out Notebook and it looks awesome! They are also running a promotion right now that you get it free for a lifetime if you sign up with the NANOPREP promotion. That sounds almost too good to be true, but I’m going to jump on that promotion anyway. 
18278952 10105531439962004 7699412381249820269 o Evan Graham · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
Some of the other authors around here have recently turned me on to a site called Notebook. It a site specifically designed to help authors organize and keep track of their fictional worlds. I haven’t had the time to really look into it as much as I would have liked (campaigning and all), but from what I have seen, it looks like a really useful service for fiction authors of all kinds
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 2 years ago
@Steven Barrie One thing  I do is keep notes about your story before you start writing it. Every story I have, I have a doc containing the major plot events, ideas I come up with over time, and characters just to name a few. This is helpful, especially when it’s a story you want to write but don’t have time. Sit down and come up with the dots for you to connect in the story plot, should take 1-3 hours. Don’t get up during this time, just grind it out, then when you’re done with your current project and are ready to write: connect these dots with chapters. 
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · added about 2 years ago
Making a wiki can help a lot - I’ve used pbwiki, but there are probably a lot of other free wiki services out there. I feel like @Evan Graham - I have a lot of ideas at different times that really span many different genres.
Picture Serdar Yegulalp · Author · edited about 2 years ago
I create a wiki for each project I work on. I wrote a blog post a while back about some of how I make use of it:

http://www.genjipress.com/2016/03/sorting-it-all-out-dept.html

EDIT: also...

http://www.genjipress.com/2014/09/smoothly-tooled-roughly-drafted-dept.html
Kilyp61t Steven Barrie · Reader · added about 2 years ago
This talk about having many ideas across many genres is really resonating with me.

Does anyone have any good tips on organizing ideas to keep track of what you’ve already worked on (for continuity in a shared universe or across a series) and what you’ve got on deck for some time in the future?
Dsc 00352 square Kaytalin Platt · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 2 likes
I really identify with that Evan! I have all these ideas and they are in all sorts of genres or are a combination of genres. I just wish there was more time in the world to write them all!
18278952 10105531439962004 7699412381249820269 o Evan Graham · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 3 likes
I have a love for pretty much every form of speculative fiction, and I want to try my hand at writing all of them at some point. I have ideas in mind for an action-heavy space opera series, a Douglas Adams-esque sci fi parody,  a sardonic cyberpunk noir detective series, a fusion of Tolkeinesque high fantasy and the space opera genre, a historical sci-fi, an action comedy, an abstract Lovecraftian horror story, and an urban fantasy crime thriller.
To name a few.
I pretty much just write whatever I like, and don’t pay much attention to what genre it falls into (or doesn’t). As long as it allows me to build creative new worlds, I can play in any genre.

Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
My first true book I completed is The Burned (up for preorder soon wink wink). It’s a Western which isn’t my normal style, but it’s also the most recent book I’ve started. My purpose for finishing, publishing, and doing everything to The Burned first is so I can get it out of the way. Westerns aren’t necessarily my style, but I wanted to write one so I did it. 
Most of my books are being written because I wanted to write them. Don’t let what you’re used to get in the way of what you want to do. We, as authors, write stories where people go out of their comfort zones. So go out of yours, use what you like to use in stories but change the genre. Find what you like and what you think makes a genre good then fill in the rest with your special touch! You can write whatever you want to write, just find something that needs to be created and create it.
Picture Serdar Yegulalp · Author · added about 2 years ago
I would love to be able to write a children’s book. I cannot think of a more challenging project to do well.
Kilyp61t Steven Barrie · Reader · added about 2 years ago
I’d like to do sci-fi, too, but then I don’t want to figure out how the science works, and I wind up doing humorous fantasy because even though the magic system needs to make sense, at the end of the day you can say ... because magic.
Ql2caeeh Allison Griner · Author · added about 2 years ago
Short stories have always been my weakness. I cannot wrap things up that fast haha. Poetry I can manage alright. And long fiction, I’m good. But short stories are my blind spot. 
Bio pic 2 Ryan Cook · Author · added about 2 years ago
That’s why I love short stories. 5000 words and you can try any genre you want. If it doesn’t work out, you can try again or move on to a different genre.
Dsc 00352 square Kaytalin Platt · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
I’d love to try writing a horror novel! I like the idea, but I don’t know if I could pull off writing something that would be scary or creepy to people. 
Ql2caeeh Allison Griner · Author · added about 2 years ago
Ooh, yeah having the knack for that sort of pacing would be great. I’m not a horror fan because I scare too easily haha. But that skill would be one I would love to have.
Me J. Graham-Jones · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 2 likes
I’m mostly happy in my little corner of sci-fi and fantasy, though I wouldn’t say no to some talent in writing page-turning horror. 
Ql2caeeh Allison Griner · Author · added about 2 years ago
Anyone else have genre they wish they could dive into? Or ones they just press their faces to the glass and long for the right inspiration? 

I adore all things futuristic/sci fi-y, but I always get nervous trying to write in that genre. I may try in earnest one day, but I always worry about falling flat by stepping away from my medieval fantasy norm. 

So I’m just curious about you guys!