August 7 question – Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?
A few twists I hadn’t planned haven’t planned over the years have taken me by surprise, or at least messed with whatever bit of plotting I did in advance.
But what stuck out in my mind when I read this question was my WEP Flash Fiction A Change of Heart in Bright Eyes Lifetime. One, that so many readers thought Osiris was a female. (I picked the name of an Egyptian god figuring, well, what more manly than the name of a freakin god? Seriously, someone has GOT to explain names to me one day. I really have no idea how people look at them and guess gender or ethnicity or age. Where did you learn this? Is there a book? Some online class? Who is the keeper of naming knowledge for non-Lenape people?)
Two, what really struck me is how many people, in comments or private messages, said they wanted more of the story. It’s based on something that actually happened to a friend of mine. My friend really did get dumped, while he was in the hospital, for a sex doll. And it really did get him out of his shell and inspired him to try new things, which has resulted in him meeting some more adventurous guys.
Honestly, I was just stuck for an idea for a flash fiction story. (There’s another one coming up this month.) I didn’t think the main character would be so popular. Then again, I usually write speculative fiction. My main characters aren’t normally regular people. That’s probably why I was surprised that so many people liked it. It isn’t my usual genre.
Ever write something outside your usual genre that was liked?
Did you take part in today’s IWSG prompt? Let me know. I’ll come say hi back.