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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Spotlight: Dakota Trace

Enny, Meeny, Minny, Moe…Where to Go? (genre)

Hmm, where do I want to go today? To Venus, to Chicago, or perhaps China? All sound like lovely places to explore. I visit each one of them every week. How? Through my writing of course. On Monday I might decide to work on my sci-fi/ fantasy series and visit Venus. Wednesday may bring a trip to Chicago while I hammer out the next chapter on my bdsm story. By Friday, I’m ready to head off to China to work on my shapeshifter story. Why so many different genres?

It’s simple. I’ve got a short attention span. I write in rapid bursts of energy when the mood strikes. My muse is a fickle woman. I swear she must have ADD, she flits from story to story so much. I do have to draw the line though when she wants more than three WIP’s going on. “Come on,” I beg. “Let me finish something first. I’ll stick the idea in my idea file and we’ll come back to it.” Usually after bribing her with a package of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, she relents and I’m back to work.

One thing I decided when I began writing professionally I didn’t want to be pigeon holed into one genre. I love the challenge of writing a story in the unknown. When I started writing in the BDSM genre, I had a lot of misconceptions and knew enough about the subject matter to fill a thimble. With the support of a Dom/sub couple and the wonderful use of internet, researching for it has been a breeze and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of crafting a story inside a new and unfamiliar genre.

So what’s next for me? I think a trip to the old west to satisfy my muse’s hankering for a western erotica. Will my muse ever be satisfied to write in one genre? I highly doubt it but then again who said I had to limit her?


booklover0226 said...

Good morning, Dakota.

How many hours do you write each day? Do you write only during certain hours? Do you have a special place for writing?

Tracey D

Dakota Trace said...

Good morning to you too. I try to write at least 500 words a day. Some days are better than others. So usually anywhere from an hour to four depending on what's going on and if I get on a roll or not. Yesterday I wrote about 2500 words and it took me about four hours or so. Interruptions included.
Not only do I have three kids who need constant ferrying to activities, I'm also in school myself, so I have to split my time between that and writing. I will admit my favorite time to write is while the kiddies are at school or after they go to bed. It's nice and quiet and I can work uninterrupted. My favorite place to write is sitting at my kitchen table. I can look out my kitchen window and see the most beautiful french lilacs in during the summer. I hope this answered your questions. :)

booklover0226 said...

Thank you for replying and yes, that did answer my question.

It sounds you like you are quite busy, too!