Monday, January 13, 2020

Year of the Geek


Happy New Year! A little bit belated, but it was a busy start to the year. If that's a sign what 2020 is bringing me, I do hope it's a very productive kind of busy!

This year, I'm skipping the writing goals. I'm going to be kind to myself. I had a rough 2019. My productivity was near nil. Lots going on outside of my writing life distracted me, and my muse had dug in her heels with what I wanted to write. After a lot of inner reflection, I realized it was because of my frustrations with certain tropes and subgenres in romance that were holding me back. Yet I wanted to stick it out and push forward, but I couldn't. My muse was offended and refused to work.

So I'm stepping back from writing strictly romance. In fact, I'm going to not write to market anymore. I'm going to write the silly stories that I enjoy. Once I finally accepted this, much of my anxiety lifted and my muse started gleefully playing around with story ideas again.

I've started researching and creating ideas for a LitRPG novel. What's LitRPG? It's fiction based on a game becoming reality for the protagonist. The most popular example is Jumanji. People get sucked into a game world and must complete the objectives to be free. The game mechanics must be very clear and real life must mesh with fantasy life. My mojo is flowing again. And I'm having fun. I missed having fun when it comes to writing.

I'm also playing around with cozy mystery ideas. Something geeky. Yes, 2020 is going to be the year to celebrate the geek in me. I even got a tattoo on New Year's Eve to commemorate it!

( I do realize it's upside down!)

What will this year be for you?

26 comments:

  1. A LitRPG novel sounds like a lot of fun! We spend all this time creating stories, we might as well do what we want. I feel like the best stories come out that way - when we're writing what really grabs us.

    Your muse is a lot like mine. :)

    Happy 2020!!

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    1. I do believe that. Though they aren't always the marketable ones. =P Are our muses secretly hanging out?!

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  2. I think it's a great idea to switch things up when the writing is difficult. I wrote a much lighter story than my usual stuff for NaNo and it was a lot of fun!

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    1. That's awesome! It's what I want to to do too. Something lighter, to bring back the joy of the whole process.

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  3. Yeh for having fun with writing again!

    Neat tattoo - I keep thinking I'd like one but then I'm pretty sure I'm too much of a chicken. But you never know! :)

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    1. Thank you. It surprised me with how much it didn't hurt. You should try a small one!

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  4. Glad you are back to writing for you and for fun. It will be so much easier. And gaming lit does sound fun.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. Dipping into something I love will help. :)

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  5. I was having issues with my muse digging her heels in as well. When I realized the reason, I felt so much better and was able to start getting work done.

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    1. Muses are complicated, aren't they? Mine's kind of smug at the moment with my decision. Wait until she finds out I have no cookies or chocolate for her with my new doctor ordered diet!

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  6. I love that tattoo. It's perfect for you.

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  7. I don't have real goals either. I'd love to try a mystery some day too.

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  8. That tattoo is so cute!

    And sorry to hear 2019 was so rough for you. Focusing on stories you'll enjoy writing is definitely the best direction to go in. (That's something I've been learning to embrace myself this past year.) The LitRPG novel sounds like a lot of fun, for sure--best of luck with it!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Here's hoping we both learn from last year and make this one a much better one. :)

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  9. Hi Christine - sorry 2019 was a challenge, but great you've worked out the best way forward ... and writing your stories has always been your forte and I know you love gaming ... good luck and all the best for 2020 - cheers Hilary

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  10. Love the tattoo. Have a joyful, productive and fun 2020!!

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  12. We can be defiant together. I had the same epiphany. I was trying so hard to please the market, I was killing the joy of writing in myself. Now, I am writing stories that intrigue me. Make-believe is my happy place. I won't sacrifice that.

    Looking forward to your new books!

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  13. I'd never heard of LitRPG but that sounds fun. I hope you have a great time working on it. I'm sorry 2019 was a rough one but it sounds like you have the right idea for your writing this year. Here's to enjoying writing!

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