I have started working on a novel that I'm very excited about. I'm a plotter (mostly) and I'm fleshing out characters and setting and researching deployments in the Air Force, audition lists for Julliard, baking recipes, bugs and the way MS first manifests and then progresses (welcome to my world).
This part is very exciting but also frustrating to me. I love pushing myself (just did a spinning class for the first time in over a year and the first time post ankle reconstruction surgery), but at the same time, I question if I can do it.
I heard once that Neil Gaiman (who has a great article in this months Poets and Writers) that at the end of writing American Gods, he came to the realization that he didn't know how to write all novels, he just knew how to write that one (if anyone knows a link to the direct quote, please share in the comments). I am making that my mantra.
I know J.K. Rowling took a lot of crap for writing something that wasn't the magical world of Harry Potter, but can you imagine being cornered into just writing the same world and the same characters, forever? I know there are people who write a specific genre, but even then, you have access to so many different possibilities. And yes, it is very scary to try something new. This could totally flop.
But maybe not.
How have you pushed yourself in your writing? And could I have used many more parenthesis in that post?