Last Week’s Discussion:
Writing: Picking a Genre
In honor of NaNoWriMo being this month, I tried to host all writing-themed discussions and one thing I happened to ponder was how writers pick their genres? I mean, is that something they consciously think about? Do they decide to pick a genre because it’s something they don’t read or do they just fall into it? Let’s see what the discussioners had to say!
“I got to my genre because it’s what interests me, in fact it’s what I feel passionate about. I get stories come into my head from all kinds of places and I’m not just SciFi either I also have historical fantasy stories lined up too.”
“I generally write based on my mood and on what I’m currently reading. If I’m reading fantasy, my creative mind might be so inclined. But overall, I don’t seek out to write this or that genre. It’s mostly an unconscious choice.”
Well, I don’t know if these two can speak for everyone, but it seems that the writer doesn’t pick the genre. Rather, the genre picks the writer. Is that the truth for every writer? Probably not. I mean, there are plenty of authors who change genres part-way through their career or have pen names for other genres. Those have to be conscious decisions, don’t they?
Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST: