Jodi Meadows posted recently about “the story that scares [her]“: a certain story idea or approach that she found intimidating to consider writing. Her recently-published book Incarnate was one such story; her current WIP is another. There’s value to stepping outside your comfort zone and stretching your abilities as a writer. For one, you learn new tricks and tools that may open up options and opportunities for future stories. For two, it’s a scary, brave new world and there’s a thrill that tends to come along with attempting something new and daunting. Hopefully if you’re thrilled, it will come across in your writing and your audience will be, too. (Also, if you’ve been in the biz long enough, it helps keep your product fresh; after half/a dozen novels of a familiar, comfortable style eventually they start to sound the same.)
My last three novels (Magestone/Snows of Sorrow, Secrets, and Resident 619) have all been told as single first-person POV. For my next one, which I’ve been starting to do some preliminary planning on, I’ve been toying with the idea of trying a dual-POV story. It’s kind of intimidating for me because I’ve never done it and not only do I have to come up with one character and narrative arc, I have to have two, with two equally compelling and relatable characters, and make sure they play off each other evenly. It’ll be a challenge. But I’m feeling like I’m up to a challenge at the moment. And my horizons could probably use a little broadening.