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Genre-ic Writing

As I write more and more, I finally noticed that I have a preference for a few related genres.

I like writing horror/weird fiction and fantasy, and I like throwing in mystery elements.  When I'm working on a horror piece I find myself spending more time at the keyboard, happily typing away, with my imagination in overdrive.  The enthusiasm makes for a FAR better story than something I have to kick myself along on.

I've tried humor, and while I can do a passable job my heart just isn't in it.  I'll throw some humor for comic relief into other works but I can't sustain enough enthusiasm to go much past about 1500 words.  Weird.

Pure mysteries don't really excite me, either.  I've made a few abortive attempts to write a mystery but it goes nowhere and dies a quiet death in some lost corner of my hard drive.  Sigh.

I can't write romance worth a darn.  I'e tried and tried, but I end up with the most florid drivel that I can imagine.  Re-reading it makes me faintly ill.  I'll leave it to someone else!

I know people that can sit down and pound out thousands of words in almost any genre, and do an acceptable job.  I envy those people!  If I don't feel a spark when I'm writing I know I'll never be able to keep up the pace on the story and it's time to let go and move on.

I haven't tried paranormal fiction, which I have a novella idea for, or steampunk.. alothugh I do have a steampunk/horror series in mind.  Maybe one of those will light a fire in me!

Random observation: writing is like running a marathon.  You have to have the stamina and patiance to pace yourself and maintain progress without burning out, or you'll neever finish.