Don’t switch genres. Pick one and excel at it. Don’t excuse your inability to focus by saying you love all genres and that’s why you jump around. That’s code for ‘I failed at one so I’m trying another’. How many published authors do you read that switch from literary to thrillers? Fiction-nonfiction is about as big a leap as readers will accept.Ouch.
"Blood Picnic", has fantasy, horror, literary fiction and magical realism stories. I took out all the science fiction stories because there were almost enough of them to make their own anthology; look for that collection later this year.
Are all of these stories in these multiple genres a series of failed attempts, and I wasn't aware of it? Am I just excusing my inability to focus? When I try to write in a new style, am I just telling myself that it's an exercise in experimentation and growth, when in fact it's actually nothing more than lazy dilettante inconsistency? Is all this filthy genre switching not simply a symptom of my writerly angst, insecurity, self-loathing, etc., etc., but in fact the cause of it?
Ah, well. There are so many reasons to believe I'm doing this all wrong. Might as well add another log to the fire and get back to work.
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