Here’s the task–figure what kind of writer to be. Not just whether to be a good writer or a brilliant writer (as if I could shoot for one of those adjectives and hit the target) or whether to go pulp, trade, or vanity press.
Too many choices dance in my head (pure pain for a Libra like me–ha!) to choose my partner easily. (Can I use the bow and arrow image and the dancing one in the same post? Maybe. Love does.) Fantasy? Hmmm…not the garden-unicorn variety. Realism? No. Can’t hack reality. That’s why I write in the first place. Romance, mystery, science-fiction? No. No ideas for any of those (not mention I like broken-hearts and unsolvable deaths too much). Literary fiction. Yeah, maybe if I could figure what that meant. Usually it means realism and lots of logical brain matter. So probably not. Magical realism is the most promising dance partner of the lot…
…and your most promising partner is?
No writer should stick her work on one genre shelf and keep it there. The marketing department may prefer it, but why work hard to please people you don’t have to live or sleep with? But every writer should consider how he writes–oh, you know, that thing called voice. Or is it style? Or am I rambling?