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Finding My Voice II

Finding My Voice 1 - http://jennifer-brozek.livejournal.com/77923.html

Following up on the idea that I am finding my voice with the help of professionals in the business, there were some interesting responses to my previous post. Some felt it was someone else telling me what I should write and that, really, I should write what I want to write while others felt it was good advices and something I already knew but didn't realize.

My response to everyone is, essentially, you are all correct. I should write what I want to write. I should write what I'm good at. I should take the advice of professionals. I should listen to my own heart. This may seem like a conflict but, really, it is not. I'm lucky in the fact that everything has pointed me in the same direction: while I like traditional/epic fantasy, it is not my best genre and I've been struggling with it for years. I am much more comfortable with modern urban fantasy, soft science fiction and horror. Plus, most of what I sell is SF and Horror.

On FaceBook, someone (who has a vested interest in what I write) asked about short stories and fantasy. To me, short stories are a completely different animal. Short stories take a different voice and different language than novels. There's a lot less time to set the scene and get a feel for the world. In a way, it is a kind of short hand writing that I seem to excel at no matter the genre. I know how to write to give impressions rather than details. Short stories are situations with sketched backgrounds. I work well with that.

I'm not completely shelving the idea of writing traditional fantasy novels but it does mean they get to go on the backburner for a while (unless something really strikes my fancy). It means that I choose (and it is my choice) to focus more on my SF and horror writing. I'm good at that. It is what the agents I am interested in are looking for and that is a win-win situation for me.

(Of course, I may have to finally buckle down and write a weird western story or two that I have banging around in my head.)


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Nov. 24th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I still wonder if I am cut out to do short fiction. Nothing ever wants to remain short when it starts out that way.

I am glad you are finding your groove and it is so obvious to see. I know this must come with time.
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