Wednesday, August 8, 2012

So, What Do You Write?

          It’s usually the first question I get asked.  Grant it, I get asked quite a few things when people find out I write, such as:
         Have you been published?
         Where do you get your ideas?
         Can you write a story about me?
         Do you walk around the house in your boxers all day?
         However, the first question is almost always about what I write.  My answer isn’t exactly satisfying to the inquisitive.  “I write a little bit of this and a little bit of that.”
         To be honest, that’s the truth.  I really don’t think in terms of genre, so I don’t write that way.  If I get an idea that I think would be a great mystery, then that is what I write.  If a love story comes to mind, I’ll start typing it up.  I tend to read quite a bit of fantasy, so I have tons of storylines that would work better with elves than humans.  I enjoy making fun of my past, so I also have a collection of autobiographical essays almost completed.  I tackle my writing the same way I go about my reading.  I don’t get hung up on the type of novel I’m putting together as much as the story itself.  Let others classify it what they want.
          It’s also about characters.  Sometimes I just can’t get one out of my head and I’m forced to write a story just for that character.  Or in the case of Circle of Justice, it was an object with an idea behind it.  I knew how I wanted it to end, so every little story in the middle had to bring the gun back around.
          “Do you write fiction or nonfiction?”  That’s usually the second question and the answer is both.  While I started out writing fiction in high school to keep me from going crazy in Algebra class, my first sale was an article for Decision Magazine.  For the next few years that’s what I mainly focused on, getting my words into magazines and pushing my thoughts onto unsuspecting paying subscribers.  I turned that into creative nonfiction and started writing humorous essays about growing up as a scrawny, four-eyed kid that got laughed at a lot.
          However, crazy characters and stories never left my imagination and I finally had to take them from my spiral notebooks to the typewriter.  More stories came and even crazier characters crept out of my gray matter begging for their own spotlight.  Still, as I look at my white board of projects, I see fantasy, mystery, erotica and literary.  Well, that’s not true.  What I really see are stories that happen to fall under certain labels.
          Reaping the Harvest, which will be coming out soon, is a story about Richard Bartlett who wishes he had not stopped his truck when he heard someone screaming and is now forced to battle the evil of the Void while protecting his hometown.  He is surrounded by elves, fairies, and other creatures he wishes would simply go away.
         Losing Faith is about a couple exploring their more sensual side and getting entangled in the emotions that seem to come with their sexual exploits.
         Hey, Four Eyes! is a collection of essays that make you laugh at my life as well as ponder the lives we all lived growing up.
          And there are more on the board, about ten more actually, and those don’t include what’s in the idea book.  None of them follow a certain theme or genre and I’m okay with that.  They’re good stories that need telling with deeper thoughts behind them.  I have never been a person fascinated with just one thing.  I enjoy variety.  And just for clarification, I don't walk around in my boxers all day.
          So, what do I write?  A little bit of this and a little bit of that.  What do you write?
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  1. Nice post, Robbie. I think that is spot-on for the first question writers are asked--once having divulged their writing habit.

    I write a little of this and a little of that,too. But it all has romance twining through it.

    1. Thank you. I think all writers really write a little of this and a little of that. You can find some of everything in most novels. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck writing!

  2. Another good one, Robbie. Kudos to you for having the ability to jump genres and just go with the flow. I'm most comfortable writing humor and it's primarily autobiographical, but I would love to branch out. I've always said writing good fiction is a real art form, I admire anyone who has that ability. I guess we all do the same thing, just go with the thoughts in our head, see where they lead and hopefully, find the gun! Have a great day and thanks for giving us something to think about.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie. Sometimes you just have to write what's in your head. Luckily for me there's a lot up

  3. Great post Rob. I use to write in high school and shortly after but as the years have progressed I've kept the stories in my head. I have always felt no one would be interested in anything I wrote so I guess in a way I've surpressed that side of me. I believe I came from writing honestly - my Dad use to write speaches for senators and my mom always said he should have gone into writing. I guess he was a "master bullshitter" as I like to say. And while I've always had the gift of gab so to speak I think I would be too critical on my work. How do you get past being too critical of your work?

    1. It's good to be critical....but eventually you know it has to go out. No manuscript is ever perfect, and authors can spend years rewriting and rewriting. I put a deadline on myself and then I force it into other hands for their opinion and corrections. I fix it once after that and then it's gone.

      You should share some of those stories and get them out. If they'll read my stuff, they'll read anything! LOL

      Hope to see some writing of yours soon.