Winds in the East: Be Prepared for Changes in Your Writing

September 23, 2015

Winds in the east, mist coming in.

Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin.

Can’t put me finger on what lies in store,

But I fear what’s to happen all happened before.

~Bert, Mary Poppins

PerseveranceYou’ll often hear from me that I’m working on something new, trying something new, experimenting with something new.  I’m always working towards something, working on something, fixing something else.  I’m not a writer that sits on my past success.  I wrote the Spy Series and then I moved onto a contemporary romance series because I wanted to push my writing.  I didn’t want to get in a rut.

I’m working on two special projects right now that I will take the traditional publishing route because their subject matters doesn’t lend itself to success on the self-publishing front.  These projects are unlike anything I’ve written before, and I’m spending more time on perfecting my craft and getting my research just right to make these projects better than anything I’ve ever done.

But like I said before, they’re not anything I’ve done before.

Should a writer experience so much change?

I would say yes.

The reason I say yes is simple: if you look at a recent work and compare it to an earlier work, you’ll notice a distance there.  The distance is called progress.

You want change to happen in your writing.  You want there to be a difference from one project to the next to show that you’re always becoming a better writer.

How do you identify this as a reader?

There are writers that I used to love.  The ones I would buy the next book from no matter what.  No questions asked.  Then there were others that fell by the wayside.

Every book they wrote was the same.

I’m not saying this is necessarily a bad thing.  It’s just a boring one.  I want to see a writer continuously impress me because she has tried every time to be a better writer.

I’m going to pick on an author that may or may not cause a hullabaloo here at the Romancing a Blog: Patricia Cornwell.

For those who have followed the chronicles of Dr. Kay Scarpetta will know what I’m referring to: Blow Fly.

Cornwell wrote an entire series in the first person point of view and suddenly switched to the third person in this book of the series.  This is huge.  Why did she do it?  I can guess at a number of reasons but unless you ask Cornwell herself you’ll never know.  What do I think?

The main character of the series was undergoing a huge change in her life, moving from one perspective of reality to another.  By changing the point of view, it hammers home to the reader that the game has changed.  This was a risky move because Cornwell had a plethora of fans set up on her traditional writing method for the Scarpetta books, and she threw a huge curveball.

Did it work?

I keep picking up her new books without hesitation, so it worked for me.

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