Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Thought for the day: The only kind of writing is rewriting. [Ernest Hemingway]
As you can probably tell by that nifty badge on the left, it's that time again.Time for our monthly IWSG posts. As always, thanks to our fearless leader, Alex Cavanaugh, for founding this fine group, and thanks to all the other nurturing guys and gals who've helped turn it into the thriving community it is today. To join this super supportive group of writers and to see links to other participating blogs, please go HERE
I don't know if I entirely agree with Hemingway's assessment about all writing being rewriting, but lately, it sure seems to be the case for me. Which is fine. Rewriting is better than no writing at all, right?
Yep, I'm still fine-tuning Explosive Beginnings. (sigh) The plan is to turn Archie into a tragic character, as opposed to a loathsome one. Getting there...
So yeah, the end is (still) in sight.
Thou shalt publish no book before its time...
Okay, so let's move on to this month's question:
What do you love most about the genre you write in most often?
Well, now, that's assuming I know what the heck my chosen genre is, doesn't it? The truth is, I'm not sure, because my first novel has been described in many different terms by many different readers. Because it's chiefly character-driven, does that means it's... literary? Some readers describe it as humor or as women's literature. No, wait! Maybe it's contemporary literature? Oh, no... my current WIP takes place in the 1950s... does that count as contemporary or (sigh) historical? Crap.
Okay, whatever the heck it is, what I love most about writing books of this nature is I have free rein. (Or as much free rein as my characters allow me, anyway.) By that, I mean I don't have to adhere to any particular story arc guideline, and I don't have to provide expected happy-ever-after endings. All I have to do is create believable characters and take them on a believable journey that is only limited by my imagination. It's FUN! Yeah, that's what I like about it. It's fun to explore my crazy brain and see what's lurking in there.
How about you? What's your preferred genre... either as a writer or a reader?
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time like, say, a brain surgeon. [Robert Cormier]
Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre. [Carlos Fuentes]
There is nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. [Ernest Hemingway]