Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Time for a change?

I had a temporary change of image recently. Somehow that sensible look doesn't seem quite me, so I'm switching back to mad curly redness.

Writing in a different form or genre can sometimes feel as though what we're doing isn't quite us. I think it's good to try new styles, but not to stick with them if we're not entirely happy with the results. That would make us insecure.

Luckily the Insecure Writer's Support Group is on hand to help if that happens. Have you made any changes recently to your writing, reading or other aspects of your life? Were they changes for the better, or are you trying to grow them out?



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  1. Yes, changes have happened recently to me Patsy, following a shopping trip when I realised three witches had invaded. I'm a gym goer now, and eating, things I like, but less of them. I'd got a bit comfortable I think, so a shock in a changing room has prompted the changes. Also, the new healthier me will write more:)))

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    1. Good luck with the health and fitness plan, Suzy.
      Getting a bit of exercise seems to help my writing. Maybe something to do with extra oxygen to the brain?

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  2. The best thing about change is that you can always reverse it. I've never had to change genre, because I've never figured out what genre I write in!

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    1. Yeah, if we don't like our changes we can change them, Annalisa.

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  3. Sometimes it's nice to try new things - it shows us WHO we are as writers, and oftentimes helps to develop our voices.

    On a personal note, I've recently changed the way I eat - trying gluten-free for awhile to see if it helps my body out of the winter slumps.

    Thanks for sharing today!!

    Terri @ Scribbler's Sojourn

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    1. I hadn't thought of it like that, Terri. My current project is teaching me something about how I write though, so you have a point.

      Good luck with getting out of the slump.

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  4. I didn't like to say at the time, but I loved your 'mad curly redness.' I'm glad it's making a come back.

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    1. Thanks, Frances. I'll be back to 'normal' soon.

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  5. Sometimes changes aren't better or worse, just different. I like you hair both ways. :)

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    1. You're right, Linda. When I get to the changing but not improving stage of editing I know I'm done!

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  6. I loved your curls too Patsy, but it's always good to have a change. I have decided to let my grey hair grow through the blonde - a big decision, so we'll see how it turns out. I've also decided to enjoy my writing and not to try too hard to get published. I was trying to write to a formula, and not enjoying it as much. I'm doing the Futurelearn Writing Fiction course through the Open University. I'm really enjoying being a student again.

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    1. Writing to a formula and not enjoying it certainly sounds like something it's a good idea to change, Maggie.

      I'm doing that course too (well looking through it at least)

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  7. You're absolutely write. It is good to try new genres and styles, but not if it doesn't feel authentic to us.

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  8. Cool you're letting your curls come back. I still remember that video of your bobbing curly hair as you ran around the garden, all excited.

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    1. I did some running round a maze recently, Alex. It was for a very different project though. Maybe running round in circles is 'my thing'?

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  9. Change can be hard but also makes us grow. However, if you don't like the new direction, you can always go to something that you enjoy more. The most important thing is to follow our own hearts. Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks, Geotgina. That's pretty much how I feel.

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  10. Glad to hear you're trying out something new. I think it's always a challenge to write outside of our usual genre but sometimes, we learn from it and may even love it. Good luck!

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    1. At the moment I'm too close to say if I'm enjoying it, Caffe! I do know I'm learning from it though.

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    2. And that's an important thing too. =D

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  11. I'm afraid of change and yet I appreciate growing and learning . . . as a writer I can't have that if I don't challenge myself. Love this post, its short, sweet, and to the point: dare to try different things and ways. :)

    S.K.Anthony: IWSG

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    1. I agree we need to challenge ourselves. If we don't, it;s just more of the same, isn't it?

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  12. Hi Patsy :)

    Sorry i haven't visited in a while....i actually really like the new look, or is that now the old look? lol

    Im just about to start a novel which is a whole new genre for me *gulps* and I'm terrified. Will i be able to achieve the atmosphere needed? Will i be able to convey scariness? Im gunna try, but something tells me its going to be hard work! ;)

    xxx

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    1. This is the new look that's about to go back to the old one, Vicki.

      All you gotta do is put your terror over writing the book inside it! Good luck.

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  13. I've recently started writing poetry again, inspired by some workshops on my MA course. Trying new forms has really surprised me and I'm enjoying it too!

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    1. Poetry eh? I'm glad you're enjoying that. New forms? There's more than haiku and limerick???

      No, Patsy. Step away from the poetry,

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  14. At the moment I'm writing my first crime story... help!

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    1. I hope your characters are arresting, Wendy! (sorry, couldn't help myself)

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  15. I tried a few different things before I figured out what worked for me. And there are more things I'm still hoping to be able to figure out!

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Thanks so much for commenting!