Day 8: Genre

Day 8 of my 30 Days of Writing About Writing.

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What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?

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I’ll answer this in reverse. I’ll read mostly anything fictional. I do like some non-fiction, as well, but I tend to read as an escape from reality. Which means no drama or romance for me. I love reading things that are exciting in ways that I wish reality was, so I tend mostly toward fantasy and sci-fi. I’ve nothing against thriller, mystery, or horror, I just don’t tend to those as much as fantasy and sci-fi. I suppose I should also note British satire on here, as well.

As for writing, I again tend to fantasy and sci-fi, but for slightly different reasons. Mainly, I cannot possibly write anything “realistic.” I try, and end up adding in magic somewhere. Without fail. Perhaps that’s why I’m dragging my feet with the beginning of God-Chosen. Lucas just runs around being a human and stuff. I mean c’mon, how dull! I do that every day…

One of my long-term goals is to write something a bit more “down-to-earth.” Her Eyes Were Green will be my first step in that direction, but I probably won’t work on that story until next year some time.

I also favor a darker tone with my stories. I’m not afraid to kill off a character or two, nor will I shy away from the gory and unpleasant. I strive to show my characters pulling through the dark and gritty to persevere and see the sun rise another day. Magic makes it more fun to write (and to read, I hope).

Castle

Challenge: Write something about this image. Who are those people? Where are they going? What is that castle in the distance?

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Tomorrow’s question: How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.



Ishana Mayakashi
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