In the last few days I’d begun to have a gnawing empty feeling regarding writing.
If you had asked me yesterday as to what my primary fiction genre was for grown-up readers (I also write children’s books) I’d have probably said action/thriller. I now think that’s inaccurate. While it’s true that a sizable number of the stories in my fiction anthology titled Touched are of the action/thriller genre, I now realize that all of my favorite stories in the book are of the paranormal variety. The first two, and three of the first four, stories in my fiction anthology involve the supernatural with a side of love. Even the title I selected for the book is from a paranormal story.
What I find interesting about all of this is that I’ve never considered myself a fan of the paranormal. I haven’t tended to select that genre when given a choice of books or movies. I consider myself more of an action/thriller fan and my favorite authors tend to write such books. I’ve written several short action/thriller stories. Unfortunately, I just realized that I’ve also I’ve half-written several more, eventually setting each aside “to focus on other things.”
I don’t usually read or watch stories of the paranormal but I’ve enjoyed a few, and on the relatively rare occasion where a story idea of that genre came to mind the whole story quickly flowed out of me. They often involved love, though I don’t think they are primarily love or romance stories. Writing them was pleasurable and felt natural, and I’ve never left any of them half-written.
This morning I read about two other writers who experienced similar feelings that I’ve begun experiencing. They switched genres and felt they’d come home.
I just realized that trying to switch back and forth between a primary focus of writing action thrillers and writing an occasional paranormal story involving love was a bit like trying to straddle two boats in the middle of a river rapids with hungry alligators downstream. It probably also gave readers of Touched gender-whiplash (as I mentioned in my last post at this site.)
I now plan to focus on writing paranormal stories that often involve love. I’ve selected my boat for the next part of my adventure navigating the Creative River and can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend!