So, this post is about doing a 180, be it in life, or in writing. I'm heading in the direction of a 180 right now in my life, well kinda. I've decided a few things lately:
- I'm going to stay at my day job, I had been debating a change of pace, but there are many things I love about this place that will keep me here
- To save some greenbacks (anyone like that commercial? I'm undecided, anyway...) I've decided to move to the town I work in, which is total opposite from what I wanted a year ago. No more 30 minute commute twice a day and filling my gas tank 1-2 times per week at least. Plus, I found a bigger place that costs quite a bit less. Yay! Assuming my application gets approved, I hate waiting! Plus, there are so many hot college hunks ;) I mean, research for my writing *ahem*.
- I turned in an application to be a student where I work. I'm trying to decide between getting post-baccalaureate degrees in anthropology and history (there are quite a few archaeology classes in there I can take, yay!). Or doing an interdisciplinary studies degree where I can combine both areas of interest in one degree with less classes. Even if I don't work in these fields, many of my story ideas relate to one or the other, and getting some formal education would make writing them easier, more accurate and fun! Hmm...I wonder if the tuition would be a write-off...haha!
- I dyed my hair blonde. Kidding! That would be a 180, wouldn't it? I did dye it red a few years ago, not quite the same.
Maybe a 180 is what I need to reboot myself. Redevote myself to things that made me so happy months ago, like writing!
I've also done some 180's in my writing and reading. When I began this journey of romance writing/reading - I was firmly a first person girl, both in my reading tastes and writing. Third person didn't entertain me as much and I sure as heck couldn't write it. Everything naturally came out in first person. Plus, I loved series that followed one person and a lead love interest, but it drags you along for a few books rather than a HEA at the end of book one.
Then I went to nationals last year and grabbed a ton of books to read. Most of them were third person books with HEA wrap-ups. Then I got this book idea that demanded I have POV of both characters, with a HEA ending. Rather than the heroine-focused series I had been working on before.
When I started writing that book, I did it in first person to get the deep-POV then went back through and switched it to third. I was surprised to notice I eventually just started writing third person naturally.
Now, a year later, I rarely read first person books unless it's part of a series I still adore. And the thought of writing first person hasn't even crossed my mind.
Have you made any 180's in life or writing recently? Gone from writing science fiction to historicals? Dyed your hair pink and surgically added a third arm to make typing easier when one hand gets tired?
See you all at the meeting tomorrow!