No seriously, a conversation at SFC sparked a comment I felt was blog-worthy. *blows the dust off the blog*
TANYA SAID: You canâ€™t remember the last time you read a romance? And you just said before that youâ€™re not writing one either. So is this a shift? Are you leaving us, Amie?
And I’m totally not being a pouty bitch or anything when I say, possibly You see, I have learned the hard way, to NEVER say NEVER. And you know, this is NOT the first time the subject of not writing romance has come up–as it pertains to me. Don’t get me wrong. I love romance fiction, I cut my teeth on romance fiction but hello *waves* it’s not the only genre on the planet people. A couple of years ago I mentioned something, here on the blog, about not writing romance and Maya Banks asked me what I wanted to write. At that time, I didn’t have a clue, but in the world of writing, a couple of years is a VERY LONG TIME! In the last three or four years not only have I written erotica and erotic romance, I’ve dabbled in paranormal romance, futuristic/sci-fi urban fantasy — and why in God’s name is it EVERY FRICKEN TIME I set out to write an UF it has a sci-fi slant to it?? WHY???? ANYBODY? BUELER?? — I’ve dabbled in YA and I’m currently playing in Southern Fiction … which yes deserves to be in caps because, hell, it’s SOUTHERN fiction Y’ALL!
Yes, as a writer you have to be true to yourself and true to the genre you’re called to write but I also believe, as writers, we do ourselves a HUGE ASS disservice when we burrow down in our comfort zone and order in Chinese. As writers we never stop learning, honing our craft, pushing ourselves to be better–or at least, I believe we shouldn’t. And while it might seem kind of backwards, I believe we should never stop challenging ourselves, we should NEVER set limits on what we can do. We should never say, “I’m just not going to master such and such skill.” Because you will. And here’s the kicker….once you master Skill A, ideally you’re going to be a better writer and as a better writer, you’re going to try bigger and better and harder things–some folks call them plots. Eventually you’ll run afoul of SKill B or Skill D….and guess what happens? You eventually master it. And then what happens? Along comes Skill F…and on and on and on.
Or am I the only fool who does this crap?