Delving into New Genres

I see fields of green...
Having managed now to turn off ‘Why This Kolaveri Di?’ for ten minutes and play a different song (Tauba Tauba from the film Kaal – Hindi, this time) I find I am able to concentrate some more on my writing. I have all these ideas, scenes and developments in my plot etc. that I just want to get down as fast as I can. Sometimes my brain won’t play ball, and I get frustrated. Tonight I have decided to chillax, burn some incense (I do that a lot!) and just flippin’ concentrate! I’m working on a tentatively titled “Keepers of the Henge” – a futuristic sci-fi, time-traveller, shape-shifty kind of story. A wee bit of a hodgepodge of ideas that I am hoping will work. It’s not usually a genre I work with, but I’m rather enjoying the challenge.

The primary setting for this one is Ireland. I am from Northern Ireland myself, so this is a country I am more than slightly acquainted with and yet a place I rarely write about in stories. I always remember that Meave Binchey said to ‘write what you know’, but I always shied away from writing about my homeland as it seemed too real to be fictional. I’ve grown out of that phase, and I feel somewhat more comfortable in writing about it now. Watch this space – if I’m lucky, my next book cover will show fields of green!

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