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Right now I should be continuing on with Bound For Canaan, because I've come to realize it's a tale worth telling. And I like it. And I think the premise is good. And it's probably marketable.

However, I'm not. I'm wrestling with how to fix the Urban Fantasy novel I was halfway through writing before Nano rolled around. It's harder because I haven't shown any of it to anyone and I'm not sure how much of this is me just not being able to be objective about my own work.

I know that I'm struggling to shape the premise into something that isn't just Yet Another Urban Fantasy novel, because I feel like I'm treading on oft-explored ground here. Some of my characters might not be conventional, but I don't think that's enough to carry it off.

One of my frustrations with the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre as it stands is that there is so much promise, but so many authors keep repeating the same old, same old over and over again. I don't want to do that, but I'm not sure how to find a premise that isn't one big collection of cliches.

I keep trying to find the unexplored corners, the "oh, never thought about that" places - 'cause I know they're there but it feels like I can't quite get there mentally. And then I try to think of what hasn't been done at all, or rarely done - but that, too, seems to elude me.

I feel like I'm digging in a freshly fertilized field. There's a thick layer of crap in between me and the seeds of something that might bear fruit.

I think I'm going to go read for a bit, eat some lunch, get other work done and see if this resolves itself. If not, I'll get back to working on the story that I do know what to do with. s

Date: 2010-01-09 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercwriter.livejournal.com
I think one reason my reading in UF has tapered off is because you're right--it seems to be the same thing, again and again. *sigh*

I set aside my UF due to needing to develop its world more, plus a different novel calls to me more, but I hope one day to go back to it. Because it's fun, I've tried to avoid a lot of the obvious "same olds" while still keeping a foot in elements of the subgenre that make it popular. (Although I have no FMC.)

I don't know if listing does anything to help you brainstorm? Like, list what familiar elements are in the novel, and then ones you haven't seen (or haven't seen many of in the genre)... and see if that helps work out the problems?

Good luck with it. I always get excited when I hear people are working on urban fantasy and mention it splits off or is trying to avoid the major overdone tropes and elements in the genre. I really hope you can succeed! I want more new UF that goes places others haven't. :)

~Merc

Date: 2010-01-09 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiction-theory.livejournal.com
That's sort of been the case for me for a while as well. I'm really tired of how reluctant to explore and stretch itself the genre has been.

The listing thing is a good idea and I'm going to try it to see if it helps me along. Thanks for the suggestion!

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