Reflections In Hindsight

Grace in the Rearview Mirror…it's closer than it appears

  • Ephesians 4:29

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

    **MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. For permission on reprints or reusing this material, please contact the individual authors. For sharing the actual post, please use the share buttons.

  • Blog Archives

  • Blog Stats

    • 92,800 hits
  • RSS April’s Blog: A Writer’s Journey

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • RSS Barn Door Book Loft

    • Penelope's Hope by Sarah Baughman
      Life has given Penelope Drayton very little hope. After years of preparations, 1806 is the year that she is determined to create her own hope. The successful execution of her plan would grant her independence, but failure would certainly be her ruination. Just when her plan begins to meet with difficulty, she finds a faithful ally in Miss Violet Wyndham.Viol […]
    • A Warm Welcome to Sarah Baughman!
      Is there a story behind your book Penelope’s Hope?As I was developing the storyline for Penelope, I was struggling personally with living in a new place and having a different schedule (working outside the home) while managing the household and our four children, all while living very far away from the place I grew up. Some days, hope seemed a long way off. […]
    • North Carolina Author Susan Rush
      Welcome back to the Book Loft, Susan. Is there a story behind your book Renew-7 Days to a More Positive Outlook? There certainly is. Many hospice patients have shaped my life, and I wanted to share their stories. Believe me, it’s not sad or depressing. Their stories are inspirational. They have taught me to live more freely and lightly while savoring the gif […]
  • RSS Clash of the Titles

    • FREE Kindle! To Celebrate Five Years of COTT!
      Happy Birthday, COTT! We're half a decade old!To celebrate FIVE YEARS of Clash of the Titles, we're GIVING AWAY some fun gifts. You can win books by Gail Pallotta and Lisa Lickel, or even a KINDLE FIRE!!Raffle opens right now!Closes Monday, November 30.There are several ways to enter the drawing outlined in the RaffleCopter below. Winners will be d […]
    • And Our Winner is...
      Congratulations toA Noble Masqueradeby Kristi Ann Hunter!Book Blurb:Lady Miranda Hawthorne may long to break free of her ladylike expectations as he approaches spinsterhood, but finding herself intrigued by her brother's new valet is more rebellion than she planned. When she accidentally begins exchanging letters with a long-lost duke, things become eve […]
    • September Releases Clash 2015!
      Welcome back to our arena! We have six authors stepping onto our sands, ready to wield their mighty pens. Please look at each of their covers and descriptions and choose which one looks most appealing to you. Which would go on the top of your to-be-read pile? Be sure to make your choice in the actual survey, as those in the comments section alone won't […]
  • RSS Little Bits Blog

    • So I Failed Nano
      Hi again,It's been a long time again since I posted. Haven't done a ton of writing but I did start a new novel or novelette or series of novelettes at the beginning of the month. November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to start a novel and write 50,000 words during the month. November isn't over yet but I know I'm not going […]
    • I'm Baack, I Think
      If you haven't noticed, which I actually hope you have, I haven't blogged for a while. Well, I needed a break. I'd published seven books in three years and I was sort of written out. I simply needed a break. So now I think the break is over. I'm thinking about writing again and have several projects in different stages of writing. They we […]
    • Chloe's Decision 
      As I stated last week, November is NANOWRIMO. I'm working on the next Stones Creek novel. It's the story of Chloe, Noah Preston's sister. She comes to Stones Creek with her two children. If you would like to read her pre-story simply subscribe to Sophie's Special Emails. No more than twice a month will you receive an email with special co […]
  • RSS Living Our Faith Out Loud

    • Anita Estes and her forty day devotional When God Speaks
      When God Speaks--Forty Days and Nights of His Promises by Anita EstesAnita shares:          The inspiration for  When God Speaks grew out of my desire to connect women to the powerful promises of God. Told through my own stories and life experiences, my hope is to show others how God's promises can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.          […]
    • Carol Brown and her newest book for children
      Thank you, Lisa, for hosting me! I always enjoy talking about Sassy Pants and delighting children with another story in the series!Buy Sassypants in paperback format from Amazon, $11.99, or order from your favorite bookstore.ISBN-13: 978-0996495356Can you tell us about your new book? Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures Sassy Pants Learns...about stran […]
    • Book Review - All's Fair in Love and Arson by Sharon McGregor
      All’s Fair in Love and Arson Sharon McGregorPrism Book Groupc. Nov 2015novellainspirational holiday romance.99 ebookISBN 9781943104255Buy on Amazon the publisher: Bella is back at her childhood home. When her mother took a fall in the Nuisance Grounds (garbage dump) and broke her leg, Bella came back to help her and run her shop, I […]
  • RSS Nearly Brilliant

    • The Color of the Season by Julianne MacLean
      NOTE:  Due to a serious need to cut back on my workload, this will be my last official book review on this blog.It doesn’t seem possible that the evening can get any worse for police officer Josh Wallace after he is dumped by the girlfriend he planned to propose to, but it does.  Josh and his partner are shot while chasing a carjacking suspect. While on the […]
    • Book Review: Swept Away (Trouble in texas Book 1) by Mary Connealy
      Ruthy MacNeil is rescued by Luke Stone after she nearly drowns fording a flooded river with a wagon train. Her step family doesn’t survive and she is finally free of their mistreatment. Luke surived the horrific ordeal as a prisoner of war in notorious Anderson prison during the civil war, only to learn that his father has been killed and the family ranch st […]
    • Book Review of Everything She Ever Wanted by Ann Rule
      When Pat Taylor wed Tom Allanson he had no way of knowing it would destroy his life in just a matter of weeksIn fact, Pat destroyed a lot of people’s lives. The attractive Southern belle was spoiled by her mother and she expected to live a lavish lifestyle at any cost. Nobody crosses Pat who was fascinated with Scarlett O’Hara. Pat could pour on the charm, b […]

    Thank you for your encouragement and support for the past three years. We've had fun connecting with you and hope you've found useful material here on Reflections. And here's the but... Reflections In Hindsight is closing on December 21, 2012. Elaine and Sophie and I can be found over at; April can be found at Clash of the Titles, http://www.clashofthetitles, and watch for news for more novels from her!; Janet is ever-present on the Internet with her very special words of wisdom and grace at, and Luther--who knows where he'll show up next, but I'd watch my back if I were you... Book Reviews are always important, so I, Lisa, will continue to offer them through my blog, as well as those promotions for your new books or book launches, or your news.
  • Second Monday: Sophie Dawson

  • Tuesdays – Promotion in Motion

  • Wednesdays: Life of a Writer – April & Positivity – Lisa Lickel

  • Thursdays – Luther’s on board

  • Fridays – Revolutionary Faith, Devotions by Elaine

  • Saturdays – Janet Perez Eckles

  • Sunday – Reflections Book Reviews

  • Blog Authors

  • The Barn Door

  • The Barn Door Book Loft. Free Books! Book Giveaways.

  • John 3:16 Marketing Network widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)>

Concerning Variety

Posted by Luther D. Powell on May 24, 2012

Good horror is difficult to write.

This is a painful reality I’m just now figuring out. I am not saying it’s particularly easy to write any other genre. Drama or romance fiction may come a bit more naturally to some authors because it usually deals with, well, normal people doing fairly normal things, right? Horror doesn’t even have to deal with not-normal topics to be scary, but its driving factor is fear. To write horror, you have to know how to scare people. To scare people, you have to know what people consider scary.

I may have said in a previous blog, I write horror for a number of reasons, a few of them being, I like spooky stuff and horror comes most naturally for me. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that I don’t run out of ideas once in a while. I’m working on a ghost story for the time being, and it has occurred to me that aside from the conventions of ghost-horror that I’ve seen done over and over already, I don’t really know what makes a ghost story scary these days.

I told Lisa a month ago or so that I feel it would be a wise move to try writing a little outside of the horror genre, but I’m not sure where else I could go. Most will agree that Stephen King is THEE horror guy, but his dramas like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are just as highly-acclaimed as any of his horror novels, so could I pull off variety as well? The other story/stories I have in mind that aren’t horror could be considered speculative fiction, supernatural drama, maybe? Got some action, humor, romance, but maintaining the sort of dark roots that my horror stories would stem from.

I also have a possible sci-fi-comedy in the works, sort of like Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but it’s still very, VERY premature.

I guess I’m saying all this to get feedback on the notion of variety as a writer, whether or not you as readers might think it smart to cross into different genres every now and then, or if sticking to one is a wiser choice.

I’ve been told that genre-hopping as an artist is a bit counterproductive, because after so long, people will expect to see a certain kind of artwork from you which will be placed within the constraints of a specific “art world,” so to speak. An instructor told me this past semester that I won’t necessarily be best at creating artwork that I like looking at, and that it’s good to have a signature style that everyone will recognize. I’ll always think certain art styles or topic matter is cool, but if I’m best at something different, I shouldn’t deviate too far.

So far, writing blogs feels kind of similar. I apologize if I seem a bit uneducated in some of the subjects I’ve chosen to write about. I admit I should do more homework before deciding on beefy bloppicks. I’m writing as a student, but I want to be the teacher, and it helps if I know the material. This is a case where variety is a more iffy choice, and it might be best for me to write only about personal opinions and experiences, not involving hefty, arguable matters.

Whether writing books or blogs, I want to glorify God and encourage people to see Him in new ways. I want to reach out to as many people as I can. With that in mind, would it be best to write mostly what I enjoy writing and what comes naturally, or would I be just as effective as an author writing something that readers won’t quite expect from me?

Thanks for reading, cheers and God bless!

In Christ,

Luther D. Powell

3 Responses to “Concerning Variety”

  1. totally agree, as a total lover of horro, i would love to be able to write my own horror story, but as a writer.. i know my lane.

  2. The more comfortable you are in your writing, the better it will show in the final product. Some authors are so productive they can write in several genres, and some just go and write in a pseudonym. Like you said, it works for Stephen King; John Grisham, not so much. Then again, other authors have been so popular, they’ve been group/ghost-written long after their career or lives ended: Clive Cussler, Tony Hillerman, Anne McCaffrey. Funny.

  3. Mom said

    I’m thinking it’s kind of like exercise. The best exercise for you? Something you will stick with. Perhaps when choosing what to write, you should ask yourself: What will I stick with and finish?

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,244 other followers

%d bloggers like this: