A few days ago, while reading fellow writer, Julie Anne Lindsey’s blog – Musings From The Slushpile – I came across her post titled I’m A Genre Jumping Maniac, Are You?
Now…I have to say…Julie is a bit ambitious.
I’ve called her Superwoman more than a few times for reasons that include her ability to write numerous manuscripts from different genres…probably all at the same time, blindfolded, with both hands tied behind her back.
I could identify with her plight, as I’m sure many newbie writers can. Finding the right writing path is difficult for many.
My first novel, over a decade ago, would have fit into Paranormal Mystery. Novel #2, and one so close to my heart I literally feel the tear ripping between the two as I say this, would have been Young Adult Science Fiction.
Would have been. It still hurts so much my eyes water when I think about it.
My current work in progress is Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy…and so are the three I’ve already plotted and plan to write after this one is finished.
For me, that was how I knew what I was supposed to write.
As much as I loved my YA novel and the characters…oh, the characters (the ripping hurts)…I came to a point when I knew that after I wrote their story, I would be empty. I had no other ideas anywhere near similar to theirs lurking in my head.
But…like most writers…I did have a good collection of other possibilities and they all had one thing in common.
***They were funny, sweet, real love stories.
And I had a list…characters…settings…story lines…the whole she-bang.
This made letting go of my YA only slightly less painful, but I believe I made the right decision.
But what if I didn’t? What if I get 969 big fat REJECTIONS on my little romantic comedy?
Well…I have three more waiting to be written.
And if those are rejected???
If I am still sane enough to keep writing, I suppose I will jump genres and finish my beloved YA. Until then…I am a women’s fiction/romance writer.
So…if genre jumping is a problem you are experiencing, my advice is to sit down and categorize your story ideas. See where your creativity leans and then…claim it. Focus like never before and develop your own niche.
Do you agree? Are you a genre jumping fool?