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The limits of genre

November 18, 2018
MThomas

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Hi, everyone. I know it’s been a while since I blogged here. But I have been writing.

And editing. And then writing again. And, yes, in multiple genres. That’s my philosophy. That’s what you get if you read my writing.

I think I’ve probably written about this before, but I find myself increasingly disliking current writing styles. Short paragraphs. Bad grammar. No internal monologue. Things blowing up.Vampires and teenagers.

So much writing these days is determined by marketers and booksellers. Fair enough, they need to make money so they can stay in business.

But as a writer, I don’t like being told to put my stories into one box or another.

When asked what genre he writes, Neil Gaiman famously responded, “I don’t know. I write stories.”

That sounds about right.

So, yes, I have written stories with baseball players. College students. Dysfunctional families. Gay lovers. Unidentified car drivers. Cloned soldiers.

Martians.

To me, the themes and the characters are as important as the action and the plot. If I don’t know who the characters are, what they believe, what their relation to other characters is, then why would I care if anyone of them get blown up in the first five pages?

So I’m an older writer. So I’m not a WYSIWYG author. Pulp novels are forgotten in five years. I want my readers to remember my writing after fifty years, and come back to them again and again.

I hope that makes sense!

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