The Next Big Thing

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Many thanks to Jennifer, of ‘Cosmic Driftwood’ fame,  and her post ‘The Next Big Thing, – 8 degrees F Style,  wherein she picks me to be ‘it’!

This is how it’s supposed to work …

1 – Thank and link to the person who picked me – Done

2 – Pick someone to be the next ‘it’ – There are quite a few folk who read my blog that I know have a Next Big Thing on their horizons, so, you’re all ‘it’.

3 – Answer these questions:

What is the working title of your new project? Where do your ideas come from? What genre do you write? Cat-person or dog-person? What’s a one-word description of yourself? Will your work be self-published or traditionally published? How long does it take you to write a first draft? Whose work would you compare yours within your genre? Who are your favourite writers? What else might pique a readers interest?

Done? – Not so much.

In fact not gonna do it at all. Well … sort’a, kind’a, because I have to preface it a bit, ramble on, take a few steps sideways, and doh-see-doh along another pathway.

I’m outlining another novel. A big, challenging stretch-Widder-as-a-writer novel, that, no matter how hard I try, refuses to be shoehorned into a SF genre. (in this case, SF stands for Speculative Fiction)  I could add gratuitous SF but that would be cheating.

It’s not going to be a SF novel.

This got me to thinking about branding.# How I brand myself as a Writer, and how I’ve branded this blog.

That subtitle, up there, just underneath the name of my blog, is my brand.

“Writing Lesbian Science Fiction and Fantasy since the 20th Century”.

Which translated, means; I am a Lesbian. I am a Writer. I write Science Fiction and Fantasy, and I’ve been doing it for quite a while.

I’ve ambled along those lines with my posts as well. Occasionally writing about something I’m passionate about, (ranting) or what’s happening in my life, my writing, my world, and I’ve brought almost everything back to either writing or SF stuff.

These things won’t change, but I’m about to add another layer to what I post. Not so much changing direction, more like shifting the goalposts, my brand, a little.

What that layer is, I’m not exactly sure. It’ll evolve as I go along. These things usually do.

With this new novel, (working title: ‘Dedication Page’) I’m officially branching out into other genres … which caused me to have long internal, and external, conversations about using ‘Widdershins’ as my nom-de-voyage for these alternate adventures … but that’s another story.

As for those questions at the beginning of this post? I’ll answer the one that a pair of intensely staring yellow eyes is strongly advising me to answer … cat personcatpersoncatperson!

P.S. I’m going to do a little interior decorating too!

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“My name became a brand, and I’d love to say that was the plan from the start. but the only plan was to keep writing books. And I’ve stuck to that ever since”John Grisham, author, lawyer, politician

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# Excellent post about branding at ‘The Creative Penn’: Branding for Writers: An Essential Step to Building Your Author Platform

# And the lighter side of branding from Holly Robinson in HuffPost Canada

 

10 comments on “The Next Big Thing

  1. Erin says:

    Can’t wait to see what you’re working on! It’s always exciting and somewhat scary to stretch ourselves, isn’t it?

    • Widdershins says:

      Me too … I scarified myself into a blue funk today … A kind of a, ‘well, now what are you going to do?’ … it doesn’t help that I feel a little under the weather … . So I decided to take today off, and start all bright and shiny, tomorrow.

  2. jamieayres says:

    Glad I stumbled across you today from my little blue lady interview–I’m a new follower:-) Great post . . . and good for you for taking a break today^ We don’t have to spend every free hour of every day working toward our goal. Sometimes taking a break goes a long way in helping us meet our goals too:-)

    • Widdershins says:

      Hiya Jamie …. thanks for visiting … that little blue lady sure is pushy. Don’t know where she gets it from! :D

      I work from home so I’d be at this gig 24/7 if I didn’t deliberately take a break every now and then. it was a wonderful rainy day here on Widderlake, so I loaded up on books and tea and lollygagged around in bed for most of it … what wondrous indulgence.

  3. Ah, the genre trap. I spent a good chunk of last year totally befuddled as to what I was doing as a writer, and I suspect it will come up again this year as well.

    But it’s a good thing to stretch, to not be defined only by what you have done. Be bold.

  4. jannatwrites says:

    I’m a cat person, too! Change can be intimidating, but I’m curious to see what your other layer will be. Good luck with your genre stretching…I hear it’s a killer at first, but the writing muscles get more flexible quickly :)

  5. londonmabel says:

    Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! (Even across the expanse of this great country, I can hear Minion and Haley chanting! Weird…)

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