It is IWSG time again. On to this month's 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?
I'm half convinced that writing is meant to be surprising. For example, when a character reveals something to you in a scene that you didn't expect. Or when a new character walks on and takes over the whole show.
So yeah, I've been surprised by my writing. Writing historical was not that surprising; I love reading it, it's what I gravitate towards, so it seemed a natural evolution to get stuck in writing it. Even now as I'm writing a historical romance or historical fiction with romantic elements (Which way will it swing? It's a subtle difference, but that'll be a surprise!), it feels like a huge leap to write something romancey for me, but it probably isn't, since I read quite a bit of historical romance.
But ghost stories? So not me. I'm a scaredy cat. Horror is not even remotely my genre. And yet, somehow, "Haunted Lake" came pouring out of me because there's something intriguing about a real lake called Haunted Lake that begs to be written.
And now I want to write more horror or supernatural-like short stories, so we'll see what happens.