Thursday, February 19, 2009

Serendipity Writing #104

According to Wikopedia: Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely. The word has been voted as one of the ten English words that were hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company.

How many times have you as writer said to yourself that you want to try something different? Not another career path, but another genre or sub-genre? I think we all hit that wall at some point. For me, it came after months of not producing enough of what I was doing and of thinking to myself “Is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?”
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For me, the answer was NO. Write, yes. Write what I was writing, no.
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That doesn’t necessarily mean that I won’t return to my roots. It just means that for today, at least, my mind isn’t where it was this time last year.
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Does that mean that I’m a has-been? Hardly. Does it mean that I don’t LIKE what I was doing? Not at all. There was just something missing, and it’s nobody’s fault, not even mine. It just indicates that like a body needs more potassium at one time than another, sometimes the brain needs a healthy dose of “something different”.
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For anyone else banging their head against their desk, don’t overlook some kewl places to peruse as you consider branching off on another writers’ journey than the accustomed routes.
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Cindy Myers’ weekly newsletter (she’s on vacation, so no news for a couple of weeks). Anyone can sign up for the newsletter by sending a blank email to –
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She always has up-to-date info on which publisher is looking for what.
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Info at’s writing site – it’s fantastic.
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And stop kicking your own ass. Treat yourself to a new way of looking at things. Even if you don’t bite at something new and different, you may come away with a different perspective on what you currently DO write.
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~ Sunny Lyn



At 10:32 AM, Blogger Liz Wolfe said...

Are you and Lex going to RT this year? Oh, man! I'm totally jealous. *sigh* Maybe next year.
Oh, BTW, I'm taking a shot at a different genre. Maybe it's something in the air...LOL

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

omg - I can't believe it's you!!!!!! you are soooo getting a phone call once my phone is charged and the Jevhovah's Witnesses aren't ringing the doorbell. (it's been one of those days)

:) glad you are WRITING.

yes, we'll be at RT - wish you were, too - waaah. miss you.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

- and I really can spell Jehovah correctly - typo - oops

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Denise Patrick said...

I actually got a chance to write this past weekend - something I haven't done it seems like in ages. I was afraid I'd forgotten how.

Since I'm not going to RT or RWA this year, I won't get a chance to see you. Hope you have a good time in all your travels. I might think about you when I'm in Germany in May! *grin*

Oh, and check out my blog for news!


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