I’m thinking a lot about genres these days. A lot of what I’ve been writing has a paranormal tint to it, although that’s not really something I would buy for myself to read, unless it was also humorous or had another hook that appealed to me.
They say it’s important to be genre aware; I presume that’s a big factor in being able to successfully sell stories and keep selling them. And yet part of me is pushing back hard against that idea, and saying that I should write what I most enjoy reading. What I most enjoy reading are the kind of works that twist genre expectations, or float between them in a space of their own. The kind that move unpredictably and make you think about the subject matter in a new way.
I wrote a story this morning. It was deliberately not paranormal. It was just a story about getting older, and losing the abilities you take for granted. I worry about that from time to time. I don’t know if it ended up being a good story – I’m still too close to it at the moment – but it’s a little bit different, and a little bit sad.
I’m sure I’ll revisit the subject of genres, there’s a lot I need to work through here. In the meantime I’ll keep writing down the stories that keep me awake, and that will have to be good enough for now.
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