The new year is here. Welcome 2017! So many of us think of a new year as a time for fresh starts and changes.
Maybe this applies to some of our lives, but does it apply to our writing or reading? With regard to writing, probably not. If you’re in the middle of writing a new book, are you going to set it aside and start something else? Not likely. There are exceptions, of course. If your own book is boring you, maybe it’s time to move on to something else. I’ve done that. I can think of one book in particular that I started and set aside, but we won’t go there. “It’s too distressing to think about,” she said, hanging her head.
When it comes to reading, that’s a different story. Maybe you’ve been reading too many of the same type of book and you’re becoming bored. So pick out something different. Try something new. Try a new author. Try a different genre. Mix things up a little.
Did any of you make New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t look at me. I didn’t. I don’t like putting myself on a spot, so why start the year out that way? I’ll keep plugging along on the new book I’m working on (I’m not bored with it), and as far as life, I think I’d rather be surprised rather than plan it all out. Again, there are exceptions, but…
I love surprises, at least the happy ones. I love a good book that surprises me, as long as those surprises make sense and all the loose ends are tied up.
Mysteries are my first (but not only) love in stories because they often provide surprises. I love solving puzzles and seeing the pieces fall into place like they should in a mystery. That’s actually kind of funny because I once saw my grandfather, whose vision was failing, doing a jigsaw puzzle. He had a puzzle piece in one hand and a hammer in the other, and a magnifying glass sitting off to one side. He was bound and determined to see that piece fit into the puzzle, whether it was the right piece or not. That’s probably not a good idea in fiction or in real life. I’ll tell you what, though, he was having a good time until he hit his finger with the hammer.
Again, the new year is here. What’ll it be? What will this year mean to you as a writer or reader?
There’s an old saying about figuring things out. “Look up, look down, look all around.” These are sage words for both characters in mysteries and for mystery writers. You never know where your next story will come from, but keep your eyes and mind open in case life presents you with inspiration. It happens more often than you might think.
I mentioned changes at the beginning of this post. I’d like to make changes in book promotion, but I just can’t seem to come up with a unique idea. There must be some idea out there that doesn’t cost money and that no one has tried yet. If I come up with any brainstorms, I just might share the idea. Don’t hold your breath though. Writers are often dreamers.
Are there any changes you’d like to make this year? Are they realistic? Okay, so we often live in the world of fiction, but what the heck? I’ll bet there are times when fiction might apply to reality. We already know that the reverse of that is often true.
Until next time, I hope a pleasant surprise drops in to visit your life, and I also hope you find some good books to while away the time.
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