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Now on the other hand, I have a hate/tolerate relationship with crime fiction. While I do enjoy reading certain types of crime fiction, I have a tendency to actively avoid stuff that creeps me out (which I had rather infamously voiced my displeasure with here), which as of late, seems to the way of most crime fiction.
Interestingly (or strangely) enough, the elements of crime fiction that seriously creep me out have found a home in a personal slush novel of mine called Time to Go. I originally got the idea for this novella from watching a particularly disgusting murder scene from an Australian crime drama.
Anywho, I tweaked the basic idea into a more thoroughly disgusting way of dispatching someone; added two serial killers; a potential victim/reluctant participant and presto! a novella that creeps me out every time I pick up pen and paper to work on it.
I mentioned that this is my personal slush novel, for the simple reason that if this novella ever saw the light of day, I think it would be somewhat detrimental to my nascent writing career. Because it's not intended for publication, I have the freedom to experiment with all kinds of things, most notably, writing in present tense/1st p.o.v.
Writing this slush novella in present tense/1st p.o.v. allows me the luxury of experimenting with a style that is more suited to the short story genre as opposed to the novella/novel genre. Additionally, that experimentation has allowed me to work out the kinks and eventually gave me the confidence to apply that knowledge to something that was already completed and that I wanted to get published.
Writing the slush novella has put me into a peculiar conundrum: on one hand, it's written in a sub-genre that creeps me out; and it creeps me out whenever I decide to work on the novella. On the other hand the words come disturbingly easy for me; and I still remember the original ending that I came up with all those months ago.
As for the other genres to dabble in, I probably won't. While I don't mind reading those other genres (i.e. westerns, mystery and YA), I really have no desire to dabble in any of them, short term or long term. To me, writing in those genre requires the kind of research that I'm not into at this juncture. Right now, I'm quite content to write my quirky paranormal R to NC17 fiction that requires the kind of research I do enjoy.
Brylcream it ain't, but it still does a body good.