Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#IWSG - My Favorite Genre

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without fear of appearing foolish or weak. It’s
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The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

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Every month, #IWSG announces a question that members can answer in their post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

February 7, 2018

What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

My favorite genre to read and write is realistic fiction. Or narrative nonfiction. Or historical fiction. 

Let's call it a three-way tie linked by a few key characteristics: realism, storytelling, and character development. I want to read (and write) characters I care about doing things I can believe they would do. That's the kind of literature I love.

I love a story and I happen to believe real people have the best ones. Though I've enjoyed the big fantasy tales and even an occasional sci-fi, speculating about human-orc relations doesn't capture my interest as much as journeying with a real person (or a realistic fictional person) through life's challenges. I'm fascinated by what motivates people and how their experiences shape behavior. 

This preference was shaped during childhood. More so with movies than literature, my family fancied films that were "based on a true story" and enjoyed those paragraphs before the ending credits that explained what happened to the characters later in life.

By high school, I was reading a good deal of Dickens. I found A Tale of Two Cities (still my favorite novel ever) and was struck by the idea that people are people irrespective of time, culture or circumstance. From the jerk that ate all of the chocolate as Louis Zamperini floated on a life raft in the ocean (Unbroken) to the odd way Brooke Shields worried that her daughter would have a hard life because her mother was "so beautiful" (Down Came the Rain), those events and thoughts are more salient because of their truth. 

And so, I write about reality. Now it's your turn. What's your favorite genre?