Do you ever create challenges for yourself just to learn something new? I do.
As a writer, I set a new challenge for myself with each manuscript. In my two published medieval romantic suspense novels, I set a different challenge for each. I then enrolled in online classes to learn the craft to meet the challenges I chose.
In MATILDA’S SONG, I wanted to see if I could write a fast-paced, easy to read novel while using the lush, lyrical language of long ago. IN OUT OF THE DARK, I challenged myself with a sight-impaired heroine navigating a medieval castle.
In the two historical western romances releasing this fall from Whiskey Creek Press, the challenge was rough and ready action in POLITE ENEMIES and a mystery in THE FARMER AND THE WOOD NYMPH. The mystery was a definite challenge for me as a writer. I normally write using Points of View (POV) for the major characters, including the villain. This way you know everything that’s going on even though my heroine and hero are kept in the dark. Yet, to write a mystery, I had to keep the secret a secret until the end of the book.
In the paranormal suspense manuscript I recently sold, the challenge was to create a story world which would sustain a variety of storylines and characters for a series.
You'll have to tell me how well I did meeting these various challenges.
Tell me, what challenges do you set for yourself?
by JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
MATILDA'S SONG (ISBN: 978-1-60504-195-7)
OUT OF THE DARK (ISBN: 978-1-60504-277-0)
POLITE ENEMIES (ebook ISBN: 978-1-61160-636-2) release Sept. 2013
THE FARMER AND THE WOOD NYMPH (ebook ISBN: 978-1-61160-660-7) release Dec. 2013
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