Changing Genres #writing #amwriting #romance #chicklit #historicalromance

Cover-Coming-SoonWith As the Liquor Flows finished and weeks from release, it’s time to start back into my fifth novel, The Parking Space.

I have to admit that this novel has been in my files for awhile. A long while. In all honesty, this novel was the third story I dreamed up when I first started writing almost seven years ago.

Yikes. That is a long time.

Unfortunately, for it, every time I came up with a new idea for a historical, it would get put on the back burner.

It’s not because it didn’t interest me or I didn’t want to write it, it just got shoved back for the simple reason that I wanted to establish myself in historical romance before I branched out by doing a chick lit.

And I’m glad I did.

Because now I’m ready for a much needed break in having to do a bunch of history research. I’m ready for an easier novel. Not that chick lits are easy, it’s still a novel and no novel is ever “easy” to write, but I do a lot of research for my historical romances and I’m ready for a break from that.

I’m also ready for a novel packed with humor and I can’t wait to sprinkle jokes and one liners all over the pages.

So darling followers, have you ever grown tired of a genre and switched? Did you find it better? Worse? And how many did you write before you switched back?

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7 thoughts on “Changing Genres #writing #amwriting #romance #chicklit #historicalromance

  1. I have been writing “Murray and Angel- Unfenced” for some time. The content is quite upbeat and the characters and character conversations are always so positive! Sometimes, I just want to work on my post apocalyptic book when I’m too overwhelmed with overflowing goodness. 🙂 Not that that makes any sense at all. But I have the worst time of completing just one. My brain has so many tabs open at one time…”Oh! Oh!!! Put that idea into this book…and put this one in there!” I just have to stop myself and give me the old, “One thing at a time, Larinna”. Hmmm…..thoughts to ponder.

    Well anyhoo, I can’t wait to read your next book. I love your writing.

    1. Lol. I understand the need to go back and forth. I should be working on the funny, light chick lit right now, and yet, I’m working on the outline for the Mother/Daughter Contemporary/Historical that deals with some pretty heavy issues. Once that’s done, I’ll get back to happy. So glad you stopped by today! 🙂 Happy writing on what you pick for the day.

  2. Well, I’m not the writer worker-bee that you are, but all of my stories (ideas) seem to fit in different genres. I know you’re supposed to stick with one, but my mind is all over the place with platforms for plot lines. My finished novel is a family saga in the women’s contemporary fiction genre. My WIP is … well, I have no idea what genre, maybe you can help. It’s the story of a modern day prophet, or more succinctly put, a modern day Christ. I say modern day, but it takes place mostly in the 1960’s. Which is modern day compared to the first century AD. There will be real miracles and nutcases claiming miracles and so forth. Magical realism? Not sure, but it’s definitely different.

    So, I’m still not sure I know exactly what is Chick Lit. From what I can tell, it’s still romance. Maybe contemporary romance? Because, from what I’ve been told, my contemporary women’s fiction family saga is not Chick Lit. Maybe you can explain where I can understand it better.

    1. Hmm…not quite sure on the genre. I’d do a little research on Historical Fantasy and see if it fits in that. 1960’s falls under historical, but it’s not fiction since you’re brining in Christ. Oh, perhaps Historical Christian. Look into that genre, too. Chick Lit and Contemporary are similar, but contemporary falls more along the lines of women’s redemption where you have a very strong female leads. My heroine is strong, but it’s a funny, quirky little romance so it’s definitely a chick lit. Think funny chick flick movie like The Sweetest Thing with Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate.

      1. Ahh, thanks for explaining the Chick Lit, it makes sense now.

        My 1960’s fiction is not really Christian, although there will be a lot of discussion of it with the modern day prophet. But, this prophet will be integrating Christianity with other spiritual ideas, so it won’t really be geared specifically toward Christianity. It’s a tough one to explain, and very different from anything out there.

        My finished novel, however, strongly fits your description of Contemporary women’s.

        Thanks for explaining.

  3. I am so glad I came across this post! I am also changing my genre! I am moving to Chicklit as I have realised i am not cut out for serious novels. i have really tried to write them but they make me sad. I love humour!

    1. After four serious historical romances, I, too, am ready for humor. I suppose whether or not I stick to the genre is the bigger question. Out of the thirteen I have in my outlines, it’s the only ChickLit, so I’m guessing the chances are slim. But you never know what the brain can stir up at any given moment. Good luck with yours!! And thank you for stopping by today!!! 🙂

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