Hope everyone is great and busy working on your literary manuscripts and submissions or reading excellent books and poetry. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy aswell working on poems for more public readings and possibly trying to get a publication going. I don’t really no the first thing about running a magazine, but I do know about writing and editing so I hope that will help me.
I want to talk about genre a bit today. I have so many questions cropping up as I research and really delve into what it is I like to write. Poetry, of course is what I love love love to write and usually it’s just topics that I pick out of everyday life or internal struggles that I’m dealing with. It tends to be somewhat emotional or thought provoking (at least I hope it’s thought provoking).
But with fiction I find myself struggling to understand both, what I’m good at writing and what I really enjoy writing. I guess the bigger question is what do I enjoy writing that I’m good at writing? I look at all the different types of books that I read and right away I know that I don’t have the patience or know how to write with mythical complex creatures. And I think the real problem is that I’m afraid that what I do write will just be so horrible and unreadable. And I have ideas, oodles of them. I’m just too timid to stick with them for the long haul when it comes to fiction.
How do you guys get over that hesitation to write what’s in your brain regardless of what you think other people will think? How do you step outside of your comfort zone and plant your feet in a genre you have no experience in?