I went to a workshop today on writing crime fiction at my local Writer’s Centre. Why crime fiction, I hear you ask, when I’m a fantasy writer? I was curious about how authors in another genre go about building their stories, and was looking for some fresh approaches I could apply to my own work in progress. I find this stops me from getting stale and I encourage other writers to explore outside your genre to build your craft.
The result was surprising and exciting. While the exercises given were similar to what I give myself when I’m planning a fantasy work, I fleshed out an idea I’ve had for a historical courtroom novel! I thought I would really struggle, not being a crime writer myself and not knowing anything about writing it, but as is often the case, things flowed when I put pen to page and applied myself. Now I’ve got at least one worthwhile idea I can move on to if my current manuscript doesn’t get picked up by a publisher.
Nothing like a succession plan!