Ever since I branched out from writing just fantasy, I’ve been caught up in the sticky delight of —
So therefore, I have embarked on a new life goal.
I want to write a book in EVERY YA and MG GENRE!
(You may now smile appreciatively, if you like.)
Now, this is a loose every-genre-goal. Because, please let’s be real, I’m not delving into adult fiction, non-fiction, or anything sketchy like erotica or traditiaonl horror. I’ll stick to Young Adult, and even hit out into Middle Grade (I could write a picture book? A picture book accompanied by stick-figure illustrations?).
The BLOOD cycle is my fantasy dabblings.
BOYBOTS is my dystopian trilogy experimentations.
And now, I’m working on SIX — my sci-fi explorations.
When I concocted BOYBOTS, I just up and decided what I wanted to write. I didn’t plot or outline (like I do with my fantasy series). And it worked pretty well. But with SIX, I’ve been more…well inspired. By a confusing amount of sources.
– Treasure Planet (Disney forever!)
– Star Trek (er, this is probably my only seen sci-fi movie, but let’s not let that get in the way of a good story)
– Real Steel (I’m twisting the concept of “the game” in here. But no robots.)
– The Eagle (Need a bit of historical fiction inspiration, right? The friendship between these guys is plain awesome. Plus, they’re Roman. Mix that with Real Steel…yeah?)
– In Time (The technology is fascinating, plus the thought of being stuck being poor or rich because you were born that way. I won’t be dealing in time as cash, though.)
– Cinder (er, yes, and this is the only book that made it on the list. Still, think planet travel, cyborgs, and androids).
I’m neck deep in the 100 for 100 challenge. With BOYBOTS is still warm (and sequels brewing), it was kind of hard to change directions and start a new book right away. Plus I’m still working through edits on BLOOD. But I’m 22,000 in and feeling strong. (I have a little progress metre there on the sidebar. Yes, I update it everyday. It’s like a reward.)
Now I’ll leave you with a blurb. I need to go write.
17-year-old Blue lives a pretty “under-the-radar” life — well, for a bodysnatcher. He slinks around Planet Odin and steals Bodies to sell into The Game, where it’s thumbs up or down to decide if the loser keeps his life. But with a compromised identity, Blue needs money to keep his CLASS status at a nondescript 4. And money isn’t flowing in the snatcher business.
Obvious solution? Get yourself a gladiator.
Pick of the day is Atticus, a scrawny kid from Planet Trojan, with an attitude to match his icy eyes. But the kid can fight. Can being the operative word. Blue has to land his gladiator a fight, keep the snarky kid in check, and — oh yeah — remain enough under the radar so people won’t ask about the tattoo on Blue’s back.
So, for the writers among us…are you planning on branching out one day and writing in different genres? Or are you sticking to the well-known?
Hey! While we’re on the topic, what’s YOUR favourite genre to write (or read!!) in?