Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September #IWSG: Change Is in the Air

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Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? (For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?)

Change is in the air, or it's just pumpkin spice. My favorite season descends upon us like a teenage boy consuming a Taco Bell Quesarito: fast and furious.

In my current work in progress, I decided to switch things up. Because of the idea of branding, I plan to continue with MG mysteries, but will launch this new story in a different direction. Where's the fun in writing if you can't take detours and end up in an alternate dimension? 

Writing contests might be considered "surprising yourself" with your writing when you actually win. 

Over the weekend, I received good news! My current MG mystery (out with many different agents!!) Link Lakowski & the Dead House won third place in the "Awesome Openers" 2017 Rate Your Story Contest. WEEKEND MADE.

I even took a screen shot to savor the moment.



Hope you are trying new things in your writing world!


35 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Excellent news!

    I'm working on a novella - something different for me. Fingers crossed!

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    1. I think this general question has us all trying new things. Thanks!

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  2. Congratulations!!
    Hey, the new IWSG Anthology Contest is right up your alley then.

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    1. Bites nails. I've never written short stories. Ever. Hmm...

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  3. Congratulations! Autumn is my favorite season too and I'm pleased it's coming early this year.

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    1. After a hotter than hot summer, I'm super pumped autumn is finally here!

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  4. Congratulations! That is a nice surprise!

    I use a similar figure of speech that compares winter coming to a teenage boy, but yours is way less obscene... ;-P

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  5. My oldest eats a Taco Bell box in two minutes flat. Thanks!

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  6. Congrats on the win.

    Yep, have to have fun and see what else can be spun.

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  7. Great news on your award and your books being out to agents.

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  8. That's great news, congratulations! And yes I think the seasons are changing.

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  9. Congratulations on your win!!! What a boost that is when we get that kind of confirmations.
    Happy for you, Lady.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia Everything Must Change

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  10. Hi Jennifer! Have you set up a gravatar yet? For wordpress people like myself who are in the hop, we can't find you, because your website isn't linked to your gravatar, which is the little icon that shows up when you comment. And because you're listed as "The Writing Game" on the IWSG page, I couldn't search for you by name. It took me a few minutes to Google you, and even then, the first website that came up was your book website, not The Writing Game. I checked on Twitter and saw you recent tweet about your IWSG post, and that's how I found you. The point is that I don't want you to miss out on people returning your comments because they can't find you. :) Congrats on your competition win by the way! That is so amazing!!!

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  11. Congrats on the 3rd place win!!! Enjoy your WIP and your branding. :)

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  12. Congrats on the contest. That's awesome. And good luck with the querying.

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  13. Way to go! Congratulations!!! I love your idea of taking things in an altered direction.

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  14. Congrats. And happy fall (where fall is happening, anyway ;) )

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    1. Thanks! The Midwest is the perfect for fall.

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  15. I love this line, "Where's the fun in writing if you can't take detours and end up in an alternate dimension? " Congratulations on winning the third place. Fingers crossed that you get an agent soon.

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  16. Congratulations on that excellent news! Hope you toasted your success with some mulled cider! I'm brand new to IWSG, so I'm a little late with this comment (I'm working my way through all the participants posts a few a day). So happy to have found the group. I've discovered a fabulous community here! You should print that screenshot and frame it. Hope you're having a great weekend, and happy writing to you! :)

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    1. Welcome to this awesome group! And thanks, I think I will.

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  17. Congrats! As far as surprises go, you can't get much of a nicer one than that.

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  18. That's fantastic news - congrats! You definitely should enter something in the IWSG contest.

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  19. Congratulations on your award! I bet that makes you feel great! I do try writing outside of my genre. When I do, I amaze myself that I've been able to come up with it. It's good to go outside your comfort zone.

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  20. Congrats on the contest! I love fall too.

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