Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Genre Confusion and Blogging Melancholy

New Year's Resolution tracking:

Writing progress:  Nada.  I did upload Christmas pictures to the computer finally that's understandable, right?

Weight progress:  ummm...just .1 of a pound down...I suppose the important thing is that it's in he right direction.

Reading progress:  Yes!  One I was able to do...back into my habit of reading before bed and had forgotten how relaxing it was!  Now if I could read more before actually falling asleep....perhaps not the right book?

Lately I've been rolling my new WIP around in my head and there's something that's been bothering me a bit.  Genre.  Do you other writers out there know the EXACT genre you want to write and that genre only or do you tend to bounce around and try new things? 

I ask because I'm not sure I've decided for myself yet.  I love reading science fiction and paranormal romances so naturally my first two books have revolved around this.  (One is buried deep in a filing cabinet and has never been queried...I have THAT much faith in it.  The second one is supposedly being published in Feb 2010 but that's an entire different blogging topic of frustration.)

My new project is more of a young adult/romance type of book but has definite paranormal elements.  The project seems to be going much smoother than my last two and the work is literally flowing out of me.  I'm wondering if it isn't beneficial as an author to try out different styles in order to find the one that best suits you and your abilities.  It just never occurred to me to do so.  It's been happening naturally I suppose.  There's actually another story rolling around in my head that is TOTALLY different and involves nothing supernatural AT ALL.  I've actually already finished two chapters on that one a while back but had to shelve it for my latest inspiration.  Is it odd to have this many different types of stories rolling around or is it just the norm?  Seems like mixing up the equation and trying new things keeps everything fresh and interesting, hopefully not just for me, but for the reader.

On a completely different topic - I have been completely blogging addicted lately.  There are just so many great blogs out there and great people to follow and meet.  I'm wasting much too much time and having much too much fun while doing it.  Normally finding other blogs and people is inspiring to me, but yesterday, for whatever reason...I found it totally depressing.  There are so many cool, great authors out there that are doing awesome things that I just felt....dare I say it?  Normal.  A dime a dozen.  Very depressing.  I'm sure it will pass.

The truth is that we all share a dream and that binds us all together.  Something cool about it but it's that tricky balance of following your own while supporting others that makes the blogging world so magical and on the occasional day, humbling.  And maybe a twinge depressing.

Today I vow to do my best to limit myself to reading only 10 blog posts...okay maybe 15...why don't we just make it a smooth 20?  That seems doable and under my normal amount of blogs I like to read.  We'll see how I do.  I also vow to actually work on my writing today and to attempt to atleast put on my tennis shoes after work in hopes of convincing myself to work out.

And with that...I will leave you all with what I thought was my most entertaining New Year's picture ever.  It's sure to be a family classic and I'm already treasuring it.  Here we are at midnight trying to take a family picture as my soon to be 2year old grabs my champagne and pours it all over us all.  Please note that I normally do not let him stay up this was a special occasion and I promise we went promptly upstairs, changed his PJ's and put him to bed.  I promise.  I really did.  I missed quite a bit of Wii in the process I assure you.

New Year's 09-10

Happy Hump Day to you all!


  1. I'm so happy that you're giving YA a shot. (shh..don't tell, but YA is the best section in the book store.) And it sounds like you're getting so much done, which is never a bad thing.

    As for me, well, I'm still stuck on Chapter one. Not because I'm stuck, but because I haven't worked on it since Sunday. I had to take a little break to work on my contest piece for Nathan Bransford's contest, so that's excusable, right?

    Anyway, good luck to you, and I hope the words continue to fly right onto the page for you. : 0

  2. Yes, I believe that it is a great idea to bounce around genres if not for any other reason than to sharpen your writing skills. I find when I am out of my element, I work harder at my writing. Our writing group has done an exercise where someone from the group picks random lines from novels and passes them out. You start writing as much as you can and pass it on to the next person and then you get someone elses writing to complete. There are four of us, so in the end we would wind up with four complete stories. It is a great exercise to make things "flow" in a different style.

  3. YA is the best! Seriously, keeping reading! Sorry, I know I sound like an irritating fan girl but I really do love, love YA!

  4. LOL - love the photo.

    And when I started my series, I didn't intend for it to be YA. The ages of the main characters ended up determining that.

    My greatest stretch was writing my non-fiction book. SO different from fiction!

  5. I struggle with genre. One of my big problems, some might say. I try to stick to one, but then things just take on a life of their own and I don't have enough inclination to control it. I think you should write whatever you feel you can see through to the end, and whatever you're going to enjoy. Completion and enjoyment are both essentials for me. If YA appeals and you can see it through with a smile on your face and a flourish on your pen, then do so. If, after that project, you decide to change course and try another genre, then good for you!

    Steph Fey x

  6. I think it's best to let your heart and internal "idea generator" lead the genre choice. My current WIP was meant to be a picture book, but it has ended up as a chapter book. :)

    P.S. Love the family picture.

  7. I think exploring different genre's is almost a must...especially if you read different genres. I had no idea where my first novel was going, but it basically turned out to be women's fiction - a very emotional women's fiction. And my WIP has a magical realism flair to it. I've also played around with genre and POV in short stories. It's fun, and who knows, you might get a novel idea from a short story.

  8. I wouldn't say that I bounce around genres, more like I can't decide on just one, so my current WIP has elements of everything. I don't know what I would call it. A Young Adult Paranormal Romance Fantasy book?

    Also, I COMPLETELY understand what you were saying about blogging. I sometimes feel the same way, and not only does it take up a large portion of my time, but I often look at other people's blogs and go, "Now why didn't I think of that?" On the positive side though, they provide me with inspiration and the people are so amazing!

  9. Thanks for the great comments everyone! It's good to know I'm not the only one who jumps around in genres! I feel like I really just write whatever pops into my head and moves me...and well, it tends to change. I have to admit I seem to be getting a soft spot for YA fiction...there's something about that early time period in our lives where EVERYTHING is so new and emotional...and let's face it...FUN.

    As for my blogging vow...well, not sure I made it...but there's always tomorrow. Right? Darn you all being so interesting!!!