Wednesday, December 19, 2012

new adult wip

One of the things I like most about writing is its unpredictability. What other vocation allows, and, indeed, encourages, prurient exploration in the pursuit of production? Say you wake up one day and decide to write a novel set in the red light district of Vancouver, BC. Road trip! Or, suppose your character is undergoing brain surgery--cozy up to a surgeon, and tell him you're writing a thriller, and, BAM! You're in the OR.

I hope I'm never implicated in a homicide--one peek at my Google history this last week and I'd be locked up for a very long time. Why, you ask? Well. Just for the hell of it, I'm writing a crime novel. Novelette, really. Call me a casualty of the GONE GIRL Zeitgeist, mix that up with a fascination for noir classics and, just for the hell of it, throw in a little "new adult" à la Lena Dunham, and, et voilà! It's my new WIP.

Who knew I'd be wrapping my mind around a college-focused whodunnit? And during the holiday season no less. 

Anyone out there starting something new before the calendar-prescribed season of the clean slate?


6 comments:

  1. Good for you, Suzy! Out of the box and all that. I'm going to spend the holidays ignoring my WIP, cooking like a madwoman, and then .... back to it. The same "it." Can't wait to hear about your adventures in crime.

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    1. I love a good roll in the hay with a known-quantity, so I envy your revision. This new thing of mine? There's "first date" jitters aplenty. Like, should I have the characters get naked? And if so, when?

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  2. No, like Teri I'm back to 'it.' Same as it ever was. I'm thrilled about the idea of a Dunhamized new adult noir. Get DOWN with it, chickadee.

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    1. Ha! Thanks. Only today I'm realizing that my real template for this is soap opera. I mean, when Sam and Maggie were babies, I was a One Life to Live/All My Children devotee. I even see the camera zooming in for those cheesy closeups as I write to the end of a scene.

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  3. so...i first saw your post's title as "new adult whip" vs "W.I.P." and thought, that sounds like a super cool genre. then i realized that it wasn't whip at all, but now i think it actually works. right? new adult whip--sexy, mature content for the scrupulous reader.

    either way, i'm in.

    i will be lucky to start my dishwasher before the new year, although my chances are better now that the final episode of homeland has aired.

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  4. I like new adult whip. Conjures up all sorts of naughty stuff.

    Ah. Homeland. I'm a season behind--maybe Santa will bring me a subscription to premium channels for Christmas, so I'm not always woefully behind with the hot stuff.

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