I read an article about not making decisions a while back when it came to writing. It spoke of picking a genre being simply a business choice.
First off, let me say how much that part sucked to read. I’m not great with choices as you can read with the blog over the years. It has never been a strong suit, at least not if my heart isn’t invested in something. If I can get my heart invested in it, then I stick with it.
Anyway, it explained that your writing career is like the lobby and there is this long hallway filled with many doors, each one being a genre. Now, you can peer in each of them and see what it entails. You can dabble in it, but as long as you keep one foot in that hallway the rest of the doors remain open.
That can leave you in a perpetual state of limbo, especially for people like me where decisions suck.
It talked of not making the decision of which door to step through and closing all the others could leave you in a state of limbo. Again, that is something I suffer from a lot. I’m always afraid that if I choose one door I’ll be missing out on some of the glories in other doors.
That left me half in several doors, but never fully committed. I talked with the hubby man how I kept talking about going back to writing romance because it could encompass every sub-genre so well. He said something in that instance that quieted me. He asked, ‘And fantasy can’t do that?’.
I opened my mouth to say something several time but always ended up closing it. He was right. Fantasy can do the same thing, so, why was I fighting it so much?
In that instance I shook my head and walked through the door, closing the others behind me.
Do I say this because I think this is the one tried and true way? Absolutely not, this is what is working for me. It may not be for everyone.
I won’t say that there aren’t multi-genre authors out there that do it well. There certainly is, but I wasn’t one of them. I never finished novels in other genres. I would simply start them and then go right back to questioning my genre. Over and over again this happened to me. I constantly lived in a state of limbo.
Since I came up with the final decision and I’ve been working on organizing my writing career around that, I have to admit I’m writing faster and more now. The sense of decision in my brain is incredible and my heart is invested. Remember, that is the key part for me.
So, I ordered the cover for Shifted Magic, book three in my Treaty of Dragons series. My cover artist worked hard and let me tell you, it is my favorite so far. It is absolutely gorgeous and encompasses the book so perfectly.
As I near the end of the novel and get it off to the editor, I will reveal the cover to you, my readers.
Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.