Friday, April 1, 2011

A super challenge

I read across several different genres and sub-genres but when I write paranormal is home base. It's what I love, I think (hope) I'm good at it, and it's a comfortable fit for me. Sometimes writers have to step out of their comfort zones and find a way to challenge themselves. Trying your hand at a different genre is a good way to do that.

This week Samhain Publishing announced a new special call for submissions for a superhero romance anthology. They're looking for novellas submitted by September 1 for publication in the spring of 2012. Read more about it here.

This fired up my imagination like nothing in recent memory. I spent three hours crafting a skeletal outline for a science-based futuristic superhero and even have a small amount of word count. I've pulled my husband's copies of The Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, and Superman Birthright off the shelf to read and study. I'm not a comic reader but I love superhero stories and wish there was more of the genre in (non-comic) book form. Superhero movies run the gamut from amazing (Nolan's Batman movies) to really good (Iron Man) to stuff you only watch for a laugh (we made fun of Wolverine all through the movie). I've added a few superhero movies to the Netflix list too. What will probably wind up being my biggest guide is Joseph Campbell's model of the hero's journey. While its true that in a lot of ways every story is a hero's journey, the superhero genre let's you turn that journey into myth writ large. I'd like to try my hand at telling a story like that so I'm going to see what I can do with the outline I've got so far. Even if I don't make the word count or time restriction, stepping out of my usual genre and trying something new will be good for me as a writer, and it will be fun too.

Is the superhero genre something you'd want to write? If not, what genre outside what you normally write would you like to try?


PamelaTurner said...

Good luck with your story idea, Sonya. :-)

There are two genres I'd like to try: mystery and steampunk. Heck, maybe even a steampunk mystery. LOL

Sonya Clark said...

Thanks Pam!

A steampunk mystery sounds good! I don't think I could ever write steampunk but I love to read it.