Comfort zone? Do writers have comfort zones?
Yes. They do. Most of us anyway, as far as I know. A writer usually is well versed in writing one or two genres. For me those are fantasy and science fiction. A while ago however I’ve had this funny idea of trying something else because comfort zones are nice and easy but sometimes they lack a certain kind of challenge.
Plotters vs. pantsers.
I know this sounds wrong because naturists don’t appreciate pants unless the weather calls for them, but these are writer ways. A plotter plans the entire story from A to Z, knows how many chapters there will be, what happens when and where and why and by whom. A pantser writes by the seat of his or her pants. In a naturist’s manner that would be the bare bum. I’m a bare bum writer. I don’t plan. Plans fail. Usually halfway chapter 1 I’ve already moved off the planned course, killed the main (plotted) character and chased the others off. So that doesn’t work for me, agreed?
A funny idea. A thrilling mystery.
As I said, a while ago I had this funny idea. Instead of fantasy and scifi I wanted to try my hands on either a thriller or a mystery.
Originally I set out to write a thriller which eventually (around chapter 5) turned into a mystery. How that happened is still a mystery to me. 😉 Even though I planned (plotted) this as a thriller I couldn’t stick to the plan/plot. It changed.
This is turning into a seriously interesting book though, if I may say so myself. It’s a very gentle easing into naturism style book. Oh, also I should add that I’m writing this book in Dutch. If I get it done there’s a fair chance I will rewrite it in English but I’ve noticed there is barely any naturist fiction in my native language so I think it’s time to put some out there.
My plan is to get in touch with the NFN, the Dutch naturist organisation, once the story has gained some substance. Maybe they want to put out some article about it in their magazines (they have two, actually). I will only reach out to them once I am sure the story is getting somewhere. If I tell them about it and somewhere further down the line things fall apart storywise, I would feel very silly.
With this story I am definitely moving out of my comfort zone, despite writing it in the nude as much as I can. Let’s hope this works.
Have you ever gone out of your comfort zone? Let me know how that worked!