I’m a new recruit to Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (the link takes you to details on what that means and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out).
On the first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question is: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
Wellllll …. this pre-supposes that I’ve identified my genre and I’m not entirely sure that I have. My current works in progress encompass memoirs, short stories and general fiction – although I don’t think there is such a category? Women’s fiction maybe?
Oddly, genre isn’t something I gave much thought to when I first put hands to keyboard. I do tend to write about people, their lives, relationships and what happens to them along the way. I haven’t been moved to write anything in the realm of fantasy, science or sci-fi (except as flash fiction) and I can’t pretend that my writing is good enough to reach the heights of literary fiction, so … general/women’s fiction it is I guess.
What I love most about general fiction is the people, for people are an endless source of fascination to me. I don’t mean in a lab-rat way, but I love how we are all formed by a combination of our genetics and our experiences, because it provides such a marvellous and unexpected range of outcomes.
Maybe when I’ve actually finished something, I’ll be better placed to claim my genre?
© Debra Carey, 2018