I think the most common piece of advice a new author receives from a mentor is to “write what you know.” In the case of fiction, it’s “write what you read.” It seems logical, and is the path I’ve chosen to follow, but sometimes it feels like the inevitable evolution of my craft, instead of a path to follow…
What I Read/Watched is my Friday series detailing a writing lesson I learned from something I watched or read. It is not my intention to divulge spoilers, but sometimes it might be necessary to explain the lesson.
There’s something about picking up a book by a favorite author. It’s like sitting down with an old friend in front of a roaring campfire for hot chocolate and smores. Cozy. Heartwarming.
Sometimes, when an author writes something in a genre you, the reader, aren’t used to, it can shake up that relationship. I haven’t read too many of Kenyon’s books outside the paranormal real for that reason, but picked this one up off the end cap at the bookstore because I was in need of familiar pleasure this week.
What I’ve learned from reading this, is that there isn’t anything wrong with “shaking things up.” Talent is talent and it can cross genres and still give you the comfort you seek.
Even when old friends make a change, they’re still a treasure … and wonderful company.