Thursday, September 22, 2011

I *Do* Write This

Today, I'm reporting over at Laurel Garver's blog for the Thestral Gazette.

I've never really been one to try fan fiction but when Laurel came up with the idea to start a newspaper based on Harry Potter and she asked me to write a piece or two, I thought it might allow me to live out a fantasy I have to write fake news for The Onion.

And it did! It has been fun.

I often put myself in a box when I write. I think, I don't write fan fiction. I don't write flash fiction. I don't write essays. I don't write book reviews. I don't write historicals. I don't write...

My goodness, what do I write?

Lately, I want to stretch myself as far as I can as a writer. Maybe I do write this. Or that. To use the old cliche, how will I ever know if I don't try?

So, if you feel so inclined, hop over to my post and see what happened when Gilderoy Lockhart, a celebrity author who actually erased his own memory, decided to write another book.

And I'd love to hear your thoughts about stretching yourself as a writer, about taking on projects you never thought you would take on.


  1. Stretching myself as a writer is an idea I constantly play with even if I rarely act on it. Like you, I sometimes say, "I don't write this. I've never done that," but I DO have some ideas I have plans to work on just because they're outside of my box. And I can't wait to read your HP piece.

  2. It was fun to read! I am really trying to stretch myself too. I don't want to say, "I don't write that." But instead, "Why not."

    Good for you, on the stretching, you do it very well.

  3. I'm on my way over to check out your story. :-D Way to go on stretching yourself! I think we have to try new genres all the time. What if you were brilliant at something and you never tried it? What a loss....