“One ought only to write when one leaves a piece of one’s own flesh in the inkpot, each time one dips one’s pen.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
Something I’ve been wrestling with lately or actually, just starting to consider is where I belong genre-wise. Do I need to belong to a particular genre? Is there a genre out there that is a right fit for me? Do you “fit” into a genre or do you write first and then the genre sort of comes to you once your work is out there? Some people seem to know precisely which genre their writing belongs. I’m not one of those people – yet.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m sitting here wringing my hands or losing sleep over this. I just wonder what genre I lean towards. Or maybe I don’t lean towards one particular genre at all. I guess I don’t really care that much, it is just a question that sort of popped into my head the other day. I wonder what other writer’s thoughts about this are. I hope someone responds with their own view. I know it probably sounds like a really odd question but a writer friend said something the other day that made me think about this myself.
Lately I’ve taken to reading materials outside what I typically would read. One of my goals this year is to reach beyond my comfort zone and stretch my imagination more. I’m going to focus on writing short stories – something to which I’ve never really given much thought. I have one written so far that needs to be edited and revised and several others in mind. I’m really excited about this.
I started a list of what I plan to do for this month that will hopefully carry over into the rest of the year. I will still be plugging away on my novel in the meantime and trying to maintain a consistent writing regimen. So far, I think I’m off to a good start!