Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Something New? I Dare You!

 By Lynn McPherson

I'm a cozy mystery reader and writer. I love whodunnit mysteries with familiar characters who make me feel at home. Most recently, I've finished the first book in a new cozy series. I'm in the process of querying (not recommended for the faint-hearted) and while I wait for responses, I'm in a bit of a conundrum. What should I do now?

The correct answer? Write, of course! Like everything in the book business, things move slowly and it could take months to get a response. But if my book doesn't snag the attention of a literary agent, should I keep going with it? It's a tough choice.

For now, I've decided to try something new.

I'm going to leave the cozy world behind (very briefly!) to see what it is like on the other side--the darker side. I have a few ideas brewing. Why not venture somewhere different while I wait? To become a better writer, there are two things an author should do. The first is read. The second is write.

Wish me luck on my new literary adventure abroad!

Have you ever stepped outside your comfort zone? What did you do?

Lynn McPherson has worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, ran a small business, and taught English across the globe. She has travelled the world solo where her daring spirit has led her to jump out of airplanes, dive with sharks, and learn she would never master a surfboard. She now channels her lifelong love of adventure and history into her writing, where she is free to go anywhere, anytime. Her cozy series has three books out: The Girls' Weekend Murder and The Girls Whispered Murder, and The Girls Dressed For Murder.  

16 comments:

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  2. Lynn, I wish you the best in your querying on your project. Something tells me based on everything I read in your bio you won't be waiting for months. Such an interesting question. I am known for writing romantic suspense, and now I'm writing police/FBI procedurals. Trust me, it was well out of my comfort zone, but the rewards are worth it. My first suspense was a Colorado Book Award finalist. Anything that interests you is worth trying. Go for it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Donnell. It's such a rollercoaster. I appreciate you sharing your experience. What a big jump--from romantic suspense to police/FBI procedural--that's really neat. I'm encouraged by your words--thanks again!

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  3. Best of luck with the queries and the new project.

    I am very reluctant to step outside of my comfort zone. Usually, I'm dragged there kicking and screaming. The one I can think of I tried for myself was running when I started doing mud runs. I wouldn't say I love running, especially these days where it seems to be a struggle, but I usually enjoy it. And I'm missing mud runs like crazy.

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    1. Hi Mark! Mud runs look and sound like so much fun! It's definitely on my to-do list. Good for you for getting outside and going out of your comfort zone!

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  4. Lynn, I've been out of my comfort zone for months! That said, I do think that facing a new challenge helps us grow, as writers and as human beings. Best of Luck!

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    1. Well said, Gay!! Thanks for your words of encouragement. You're so right, too. Growing as writers certainly helps us grow as people, doesn't it?

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  5. Go for it, Lynn! Whatever you do, I know it will be a great read!
    p.s. I'm taking a break from police procedurals and mysteries to write a thriller. It's been a stretch in a lot of ways, but good for me. Wishing you the best always.

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    1. Saralyn, you are always such a ray of sunshine! Thank you so much. I can't wait to find out more about your thriller--good for you!

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  6. Wishing you the best on the book you are querying plus on your new endeavor. I've leaned outside my zone in my short stories and truly enjoyed it.

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    1. Hi Debra! Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm glad to hear it was worth going outside your comfort zone. It encourages me to keep going!

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  7. Lynn, I have never been INSIDE my comfort zone. Don't even know where or what that is! Every book I've written has been a leap. So go for it and have fun!

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    1. Hahaha--T.K. you nailed it! I love your attitude--it's great to hear. Thanks for your kinds words!

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  8. Lynn, I second T.K.'s wise words above. I've had ten novels published and starting each one was a brain-teasing, hair-pulling challenge - little comfort in sight. But, as I'm sure you know deep down, it's a process, and that process is one you trust. All the best!

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  9. Lynn, I jumped from confessional poetry to mystery writer and struggle with learning a new genre, but I love it and carry on best I can. This blog, the Stiletto Gang, has helped me so much with great advise and information on writing mysteries.

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