It’s the third day of the month and you know what that means. It’s IWSG day again! And on this illustrious day us writers share our woes and triumphs. As well as encourage our fellow writers on our writing endeavors. As always, thank you Alex Cavanaugh for creating this writing community haven!
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So, what’s going on with me in this month? Well, something’s been on my mind since August and the Wattys. And it’s about genre, specifically what is the right genre to write in.
Now, I’m not talking about the best, popular or money making genre for writers. My question is how do you know you’re writing in the right genre for you?
Is it based on the genres you like to read? If so, as an eclectic and voracious reader, the number of genres I can write in are limitless. I have a folder where I’ve saved all my story ideas. Portal fantasy, contemporary/supernatural fantasy and epic fantasy. Romantic suspense and contemporary/kimani romance. Thriller, paranormal/psychic detective mystery, poetry, etc.
Some of these will probably stay as ideas but there are a few I still add notes to. And am anticipating to working on one day. I’ve been told by others that they prefer my poetry and should stick with that instead. But no can do. There’s no way I can leave my stories to rot. But if that’s the case, I’ll just continue to hone my craft so that they’ll have the same esteem as my poems.
Now getting back to my question. How do you know you’re writing in the right genre for you? While writing my serial Dreaming of You for the Wattys, I came to realize something. I had an easier time writing romance than my other works in progress. Which is funny really. Because I was sure I’d have a hard time since it was my first romance. And then the slight embarrassment in writing my first adult scene (got over that real quick).
Don’t get me wrong, writing romance has been anything but easy. She has issues, he has issues. They have external and internal issues. They have issues with each other. Hell, with so much issues how can they possibly find the time to fall in love. And how to write it so convincingly? To the romance authors out there, I salute you.
Plus as it is a modern romance, it has a different adventure/action aspect I’m not used to. No flight or fight scenes with swords. No gods, magic and fantastic creatures and places found in fantasy central to the story line. Or to move it forward.
So, although it’s been some slow writing, how is it that I’ve had an easier time writing in this genre. Is it because that writing romance allows a deeper intimacy compared to other genres? That the emotions, actions and reactions, and traumas of its characters are more relatable?
Could it be because I was writing (tried my best to) in deep point of view and stream of consciousness? Hhhhmmmm…
How did you know what genre was right for you? Or do you just write what you want to write, genre schmgenre?
PS September 25- October 1 is Banned Books Week! How do you plan to celebrate? Last year I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Hunger Games Trilogy. I also did a blog post and countered the reasons the Hunger Games was banned/challenged:
Don’t know what Banned Books Weeks is about or how to celebrate? Then come read their purpose for this annual event. And find ideas and resources to planning a Banned Books Event in your community.
September 7 Question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
Don’t even get me started. There are times when I’m surprised to find the time to write. I pretty much sneak it in whenever I can. I’d write on my phone (have the Google Drive app). During lunch break, while I’m doing laundry and after the kids go to bed. And when I don’t have the time I’m usually writing inside my head anyways.