Playing with my writing voice to explore a new world of imagination

Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing with my voice, with my genre just to and see what I feel comfortable writing. Why have I been doing this?

I wanted to see if I could write something different and tell a tale in a totally different style than I normally write. By trade I’m a Graphic Designer, now working as a Web Designer, who spent ten years as feature writer for Games Workshop’s White Dwarf magazine and website, and I wrote articles from exploration, how to’s and advertorial. So I kind came to writing fiction in a roundabout way.

My first two full length novels have been gritty urban fantasy action adventures that have a paranormal element and pull no punches. The Tether Saga is a grim tale of the eternal fight between good and evil, and a girl called Sarah who is caught up in the middle of it. Now the first novel is almost a pure action thriller that started out very Stephen King, and ended very James Patterson with smash bang, knock down finale. The second book started to explain a little more about the world that Sarah had found herself in, it also allowed me to build the characters and add a little black humor to the story.

I’m now on a break from The Tether Saga, and don’t plan to dip back into that world until August. In the meantime I tried something a little different, so I started to write Legends of an Englishman, a bawdy comedy drama about the misadventures of an Englishman. This is told in a first person perspective, and actually is harder to write than I thought. Trying to find that right mix of awkwardness and drama, while telling the story is a struggle.

Then I took a segway on JRR Tolkiens birthday and wrote a fantasy fairy tale, the aim being having a story I could give to my children that they could read. After all who doesn’t want to tell a tale that starts with Once Upon A Time. This gave birth to The Wonder Tales series, and a new style of writing. Fairy Tale writing has a different structure to it, long formed sentences, a very different narrative to tackle. I like to think I pulled it off and came up with something that was the classic fairy tale style, with that sense of melodramatic and simple conclusions.

The Wonder Tales led me into April and the start of my writing groups April Anthology based on the theme of The Cruelest Month. And a chance for me to shift gears from the melodramatic and try something light, and irrelevant. I wrote a light hearted comedy, that is a little surreal, about a Writer in the throes of writers block and I unleashed a lot of humor into the tale. I frankly like the story I wrote and I look forward to sharing it with you all very soon.

Three different types of story, three different types of voice, all of them are kind of set in the Fantasy genre, ranging from contemporary to pure fantasy as I explore what I can do, and what I feel comfortable writing. Along the way I even tried a little Steampunk with the Last Flight of Phoenix tale.

To finish off my journey of writing exploration I’m working on series of 100 word flash fiction stories this week. One a day exploring different themes and using a set of four words. All of this to practice, to exercise my writing muscle, to learn what I can do, and what I cannot do, to stretch, test and push myself to not stagnate and to explore. The world of imagination is at my fingertips and want to be able to tell tales from all the worlds I discover.

So don’t be afraid to explore, and test different styles yourself, it is liberating working outside your comfort zone.

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Just an Englishman lost in the USA who happens to write now and again... Anyone got a cup of tea?

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