GENRE JUMPING by Kathy Ivan
Do any of you have this problem?
Almost everything I write has some elements of suspense and/or mystery. That’s the way my thinking process works. I have to have some kind of hidden motivation underlying the gist of the story, or I tend to get bored. My longest series is romantic suspense (New Orleans Connection Series), and it will be fourteen books long after my release next month.
But, lately I find myself easily distracted and wanting to change things up and switch genres.
My brain is crammed full to overflowing with story ideas, and there is no way I’ll ever be able to tackle them all—not unless cloning becomes possible and legal anytime soon. LOL
But recently focusing on one idea is a struggle, because I can’t seem to concentrate on just one thing. I’ll start outlining and story-boarding a series that sounds amazing, with fully developed characters, and before I start the actual writing, my mind is off onto another tangent, wanting to switch things up and write a cozy mystery. No, wait, let’s do some paranormal. Nope, I wanna write that urban fantasy series. Wait, a hard-boiled detective dark noir sounds awesome. Oh, maybe it’s time to write some werewolves and vampires. You get the picture.
Anybody else have this problem, or is it just me? What do you do to muffle that little voice that wants to work on all the things—at the same time?
Kathy Ivan is a USA TODAY Bestselling author who is currently working on a new series—if she can settle onto one idea, and can be found at www.kathyivan.com and www.facebook.com/kathyivanauthor.