I’m not one to bang on or flog dead horses, but I just wanted to talk about genre – again. This time, more about where my writing is going. I know I said that my writing is more character driven than genre driven, but lately I have noticed that my writing is getting darker. I have been exploring my dark side, and I don’t mean the force or anything Star Wars related…
Metaphorically and literally, my writing has gotten darker. My stories are taking part in a dark place or time, with dark characters and dark undertones. Which seems strange really, and totally the opposite of who I really am. But I am happy enough to explore this, I think because it allows me to extend my own limited knowledge.
One of the stories I want to write is gothic in nature, but takes place on a snow planet. Yip, can’t get any whiter or lighter than that, but the context of the story is dark – the characters have dark secrets, hidden identities, dark undercurrents. I can’t really explain why I want to do this story, other than if I don’t, I know the main character, Vyvica, is going to get very vocal soon, and she is a bolshy woman, no someone you want to cross. Exploring her will be interesting, and I also find that while I am pushing my own boundaries in writing when I explore a new area, I also end up extending my characters, making them different than they imagined (Okay, maybe I am mad, but they do talk to me, and tell me what they like and don’t like…)
My current soon to be ex trilogy has a character in it, who was essentially evil compared to the rest. But after lots of debate with fellow writers, I came to realise that evil is only a word. It is the character of the person that makes them evil. So I have removed references to evil, and given him a reason to be bitter and twisted (which was there all along) and made it darker, so he is a character with more depth as a result, and although he has evil intentions, he is no longer evil – just misunderstood (only that is a desperate understatement, but I am working on it!)
I am enjoying where my writing is taking me at the moment, and will continue to explore it until I move onto my next growth spurt, goodness knows what that will be!