Thursday, September 20, 2018

When finally you discover your genre--or I'm a slow learner

This is going to be one of those posts that I write more for myself than the world. You see, I've been self-publishing for over a year and a half. My first book, The Bend, had a slow start but now sells more than any others I've written.

 I joined this group that pushed to write faster and find a selling genre. The theory sounded great so I released a women's fiction, and then another suspense and then a romance.

What I've learned?

I really can't write romance or women's fiction the way I want to write them. I love twists and turns and short sentences and lots of what ifs. I love weird, I love taking that extra step.

I wrote my books and sent them out there and honestly, I'm not sure whether or not they will ever do as well as The Bend. When I wrote The Bend, I had this crazy idea about a town and a girl. I knew I had to give her something special, so I did--her gift to see death before it happens. It seemed to work. Another story has been spinning around in my head for years but instead of writing it, I veered off and took the easy route, writing and releasing stories that would get out there faster.

Not smart.

I've actually stripped my joy of writing, and when that happens, writing for money means nothing. I would rather not write.

I think sometimes I'm a slow learner and get caught up in pushing myself not always in the right direction.

Pressing the pause button today.

I can actually breathe again.

So this post is a letter to myself to remind me never to lose sight at what you love to do. If you love something, no matter what happens with it, you are going to be okay.

I am a suspense writer. (I'll tell myself that over and over until I get it.)
That's what I'm going to write .
I hope you'll let me prove that in my next book.


Unknown said...

Great. My girl. Only way to be!

Unknown said...

My name is Bernat Bogner

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I keep trying to fit into other shoes, but like you, I have to keep coming back to my own shoes, which is writing stories of my childhood and youth, sharing personal essays and memoir pieces, and sharing glimpses of beauty in unexpected places. Plus, I love my blog ... it's like writing letters which is my really-most favourite genre. :)

I'm happy that you've found your way back again ... my wish for you is that your heart will always stay tuned to the authentic writer in you! Thankfully, we're learning to turn back sooner now.

Wishing you a beautiful day...
Brenda xox

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