I was thinking about writing today- I know, when don't I think about it? But today it was about what I write vs what I write and why. I'm talking genres.
We love a great story and have a driven desire to write our own. Face it, everyone would love to be 'the next (place famous author's name here)'. Me? Well, I adore MS. Roberts, Louis L'Amour, Sherryl Woods, Sharon Sala, Paula Roe, Yvonne Lindsay, Brenda Novak- I have a lot of favorite authors, so I hate that question, "Who's your favorite author?" Why must I choose just one? Who made up the rule that we have to have one favorite anything? My tastes range from historical, western, to single titles and contemporary category, on to melodramatic, funny, sensual, suspenseful, paranormal (yep, Twilight freak here)- so why just one? Who can answer that question honestly ? Someone tell me just one specific author they like more than any other- I'll sit over here in my padded corner and eat my flip-flop as they do.
So, I was thinking about this today. Each of my cps write differing genres from what I write. One likes medical, one or two paranormal, suspense, some venture into steampunk (which I thank them for because I never knew what that was until they wrote it), and I wouldn't be surprised to read erotica from them. The one theme in common, why we are so great together? We all read various genres and know about more than just the one we prefer. And it's all romance. Ok, maybe that's two common themes, but we aren't living in a plastic bubble when it comes to reading or writing. And I began to wonder if I could write anything I choose, what would it be?
You're asking "Don't you do that already?" No. Well, maybe I do, but not every writer does. I believe the stories and comments I've heard, that some of us choose to write, while others are chosen. I also feel the same holds true for the genres we write.
I'm no exception to this. I grew up hiding romances- Barbara Cartland- and True Detective Magazine from my old fashioned daddy.The first because he would have had a cow that his twelve year old read 'smut', all the while honing my own craft. Heck, at twelve even I didn't know that was what I was doing. I hid the second because of all the blood, gore, and horror of those true stories, because a) the stories scared sleep right out of me and kept me awake all night, and b) because they gave me nightmares that kept me awake half the night. But those were the kinds of stories I liked, maybe was even addicted to.
When I began to seriously write five years ago I knew what I'd write. Or, did I? Sure. Either hot or suspenseful.
I wrote hot, it fit, it was what I like to read-'they' say its important to write what you like to read. 'They', those voices that be, also say to write what you know. Desire-here I come! I wrote and submitted my first full manuscript (MS) to Silhouette Desire.
I wrote by these two guides. I was told my voice was 'fit' more to Special Edition. What??? My voice had nothing to do with it, I typed the whole 258 pages! Ah- then I learned that my voice had everything to do with it. That was the tone in which I wrote, the single most important thing that separates me from anyone else as a writer. And what happened to me happens to many writers. I may have chose to write, chose the content of my mss, names of character, titles, have great scenes planned, and so forth- but the genre chose me according to my voice. I write somewhere between tender and contemporary romance. I'm fine with that. Heck! I'm great with it, as long as I stay true to my voice.
So, if you could write anything you wanted...what would you write?