“I don’t know where I fit in,” my friend told me. “I just know that I love writing about this stuff.” (Notice he emphasized the word “love.”)
My friend’s stuff is bees; yes, bees, specifically the bee population’s rapid decline due to environmental changes.
“I’m thinking of, maybe, writing a thriller or science fiction book about bees,” he said, “or maybe fantasy—something like ‘Lord of the Rings,’ or ‘Narnia’ . . . or maybe something else?”
In the publishing world, tagging our writing with a genre is key to writing a killer proposal and marketing our books. But what if we set aside genre and books for the moment and just concentrate on what we love to write? Where might that take us?
“Don’t give up your dream of writing a book,” I told my friend. “But in the meantime, where else can your writing love take you? How about blogging about bees? Write an editorial piece for our local paper. Create some articles. Do some educational ‘stuff’ for kids.” By the end of our conversation, my friend was lost in thoughts of technical writing and how his writing might fit in there.
Writers love writing about many different topics and in many different forms, but sometimes they compromise their love in order to fit in with genres in mainstream publishing. What do you love to write about? Where, other than books, might that love take you?