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J.B.Chamberlin



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My writing issues aren't character development, plot lines, or how many times I can use the word fuck appropriately. It's genre! Just like many of you, I have stories in my head like unfinished movie playing at various parts. Trouble is, they aren't all the same TYPE of story and I don't know where to focus my often lacking energy. Most successful writers that I am aware of tend to focus on one specific genre to play with. I'm at the point where it's becoming a distraction and I'm not getting anything done.

Just looking for some insight, similar experiences, or just feel free to tell me to go hump myself.

--JBC

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18Rabbit



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If you manage to hump yourself you should definitely pen a "How-To" book about it.

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zendao42



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What genre do you most like to read?

Go from there, keeping in mind that some have a lot of overlap-
you can also post some of your stuff in Fan Fic, if you want it deconstructed by fruitbats... Twisted Evil

18Rabbit wrote:

If you manage to hump yourself you should definitely pen a "How-To" book about it.


I'd read that! Wink

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mllefifi



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It's possible to have more than one genre together.
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J.B.Chamberlin



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True, but that's not what I was talking about. Mixing is always a good idea but to stay consistent to a style... that's where I find my problems.

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Watching The Wheels



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I think it's way more important to write what you wanna write. Doubly so if you're not under any sort of contractual obligations. There's no need at this stage of the game to feel like you need to be pigeonholed into a specific genre.


If you're talking about rapidly switching genres/styles over the course of the same story, I have no practical suggestions.
Um... I'd buy the self-humping book, if it's any consolation.
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Is there a lot of cowboys in your stuff? 'Cause if there is, you're probably writing Westerns. That's my professional opinion.

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zendao42



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Hey, maybe you could try for a Space Western! Wink

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zendao42 wrote:
Hey, maybe you could try for a Space Western! Wink

With telepathic hamsters!
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J.B.Chamberlin



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chris wrote:
Is there a lot of cowboys in your stuff? 'Cause if there is, you're probably writing Westerns. That's my professional opinion.


I'd love to write a good Western but don't know if I could stand having "Blaze of Glory" playing in my head all the while.

--JBC

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J.B.Chamberlin



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mllefifi wrote:
zendao42 wrote:
Hey, maybe you could try for a Space Western! Wink

With telepathic hamsters!


Is that a Richard Gere reference?

--JBC

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Taco Bob



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chris wrote:
Is there a lot of cowboys in your stuff? 'Cause if there is, you're probably writing Westerns. That's my professional opinion.


Hot DAMN! I must be writing a western then cuz there's cowboys in it! Lot of possum ranchers too! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Well Kurt Vonnegut..and to an extent his character Kilgore Trout suggested...anyone can write science fiction, most people don;t know a thing or two about science to write it so that's always a suggestion...unless you go the way of Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke.

Do what suits you though
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In contrast to science fiction, I prefer the genre of fictional science. Twisted Evil
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mllefifi wrote:

In contrast to science fiction, I prefer the genre of fictional science. Twisted Evil


Yeah, we know you love the crackpot theories... Razz

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