05 October, 2011
Insecure Writer's Support Group: Genre
I love writing Science Fiction. And Fantasy. The first stories I wrote were Fantasy, since I loved playing around with magic and all the cool things you could do by creating your own world. Once I started reading SF, though, I migrated a lot of what I wrote into that world-building field (not to say I don't love Fantasy anymore).
But sometimes I wonder if I'm cut out for it. While I enjoy Hard SF, full of its jargon and technicalities, I can't write it very well. It's too full of stuff I don't have a full grasp of. And though I enjoy reading Soft SF, exploring possible worlds that aren't quite so far ahead--or have more Fantasy elements--as some Science Fiction, I never really feel that I could match its level of complexity on a more human sort of level.
Then again, I write SF anyway. I write it because I love the genre and its twists and turns, and I love exploring new worlds and new ideas. Sometimes I don't think I do a story I've got in my head justice, or that my writing is up to it, but it's fun.
And when I do manage to come up with something part of my brain says, grudgingly, is not completely horrible, then it's even more fun.
So. Go take on your genre. Because regardless of what it is you love about it, writing is supposed to be enjoyable. And hey, the more you write it, the better you get.
What's your favorite genre?
-----The Golden Eagle