Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG: Genre writing

Luckily, this is not titled 'HOW YA DOING ON NEW YEARS GOALS/RESOLUTIONS.'

Cuz, ya know; I suck at it. Several times I logged on to post book reviews, read blog followers posts, just do stuff. Yeah, well .  . . . . .

And now its Febuary. Already?? Sheesh ..

I at least have a story start for February WEP, IN TOO DEEP. Lets hope I finish and post. Uh huh.

I do have some book reviews in my scheduled posts. Just got to get those starts (drafts) finished and published.

I have unlimited internet access in my car; yeah, just need to pull out the computer and get writing....

February 7 IWSG question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

  Sort of an easy answer!! Well, I kinda write in three genre's: women's fiction, fantasy, and thriller/horror. Sometimes I think all three are the same concepts.

 - I like Women's Fic because it deals with everyday issues the social worker in me deals with -family, work, relationships.
- I'm the Stephen King, John Grisham, Dean Koontz type thriller/horror/suspense writer cuz they give today's modern hero's (every day people thrown into the freaky/weird) an opportunity to rise above
- I like epic fantasy cuz it explores alternate universe's/realities so outside the everyday norm its like a day-dream I can indulge in when my real life is intolerable and without hope. And all human issues are today's issues, despite the year or reality . .

What all these genre's have in common when I'm writing is that I can create a universe, write the characters, give them issues, and resolve everything within a virtual world. Everything is adaptable, within my own imagination. Hey, I'm a social worker by profession, and I love it when I can fix everything, everybody.

The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Hope y'all are doing better at keeping New Years Resolutions/Goals than I am.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Most people need fixing.
That human issues are universal is the truth. And somehow we can handle them better in a setting outside reality.

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome that you can write in so many genres. Right now I just write fantasy. I can see why as a social worker that you want to fix everyone in your writing.

Angela Wooldridge said...

Your chosen genres sound like the perfect mix :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The real world often has no resolution so it's nice to write stories that do.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Donna, of the three genres you write in: women's fiction, fantasy, and thriller/horror, two are my favourites (fantasy and thriller/horror).

Morgan C said...

All of your genres are my favorite to read. Keep up the awesome work and happy Wednesday!

Arlee Bird said...

Mixing genres up a bit helps to keep things more interesting. I'd rather read about ordinary people like myself facing unexpected challenges or bizarre circumstances. I'll take those stories over superheroes any day.

Tossing It Out

Chrys Fey said...

Creating a universe, characters, and the issues/drama is the best part of writing. :)

Cherie Reich said...

I love epic fantasy for that reason too.

Loni Townsend said...

Fixing things for characters is cool, but the sadistic part of me loves throwing them into the horrible situations in the first place. :D

Pat Hatt said...

Can write how we want indeed. Fixing everything is a win, too bad not always the case in real life.

Juneta Key said...

Impressive and inspiring. Lots of great genres there. Lots of fun writing.

Elsie Amata said...

Wouldn't it be great if we could fix life the way we can characters? Not so much, huh?


Stephen T. McCarthy said...


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

Good answers! (As they say on 'Family Feud'.)

The genre I most often write in is 'DRUNKENNESS'. And the thing I love about it is... uhm... well... drunkenness.

Gee, that was EZ!

~ D-FensDogG

Botanist said...

Torturing characters with issues seems to be a common thread through all genres. What is it about us writers? :)

Anonymous said...

The solving character's problems is one of my favorite parts of being a writer. It gives me a sense of control in this crazy world. Good luck on your writing!

Denise Covey said...

It's great being a multi-genre writer and you're that for sure. I really hope you keep up the writing this year and shoot some winning goals. Glad you're cooking up something for WEP.

dolorah said...

Alex: too true, lol.

Natalie: I'm sure you do the same with your characters.

Angela: thanks

L Diane: sad but true

Rachna: sometimes I think thriller is my favorite

Morgan: Happy Wednesday

Arlee: I think thats why I like Stephen King so much; he uses ordinary people as heros.

Chrys: agreed

Cherie: awesome

Loni: of course, you have to break them first, lol.

Pat: I might forget to fix a few people in real life. Some cruel people in the world.

Juneta: I do love it when I'm actually writing

Elsie: some days, I'd sure love that

St Mac: Well hello Sir!! I could use a good drunk about now. Best with a Buddy. I should text next time I'm in your party vicinity :)

Ian: Well, we're all sadists, naturally.

CG; yeah, that delete button is its own super power ;)

Dx: The year has barely begun; there is hope for me!

Lynda R Young said...

Great mix of genres there.
Best wishes for February writing

Olga Godim said...

I guess many writer serve as some kind of social workers. Our characters have problems, and we try to help them fix those problems. Nice way to put it.

Nilanjana Bose said...

I suck at resolutions too! Look forward to reading your entry for WEP, as always.

Christine Rains said...

I love exploring people issues too, and the paranormal stuff, of course! I can't believe it's February either. I've fallen off the boat with my resolutions too.

Gwen Gardner said...

This is spot on! I'm a fixer too. Always trying to fix people's problems, LOL. That's what's so satisfying about writing the problem and fixing it.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Donna - love that you can fix things in your stories ... and I'm sure you're always adding to the thought process via your work. Good for you and looking forward to reading your WEP ... cheers Hilary

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love that part about fixing everything and everybody. That's what I love about writing--I'm like HeMan. "I" have the power. :D

Stephen Tremp said...

Great that you can find your niche. Create your universe where you can fix everything because everything is adaptable.

Lisa said...

You are awesome to be a social worker. Thank you for what you do. I don't feel people who take care of others the way you do get enough kudos, at all, so thank you. I never do resolutions anymore. I don't need to. I do what I do and get on with it. Your reasons for writing what you do are great, and true. We are all human, no matter what universe or what time period... Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Donna,

Ah yes and you being a social worker will have, no doubt, inspired the various genres you like to work with and mix around with.

I use the dog writing about humans genre. Works well for me whenever I wish to pawblish something.

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny 😀🐶

Michelle Wallace said...

It sounds exciting to be able to switch genres... and you write in THREE different genres. Wow.
Do you plan which genre you're going to write in or do you let that specific story lead you...?
My writing ALWAYS gravitates towards twists and turns within a "realistic context".
Happy Writing, Dolorah!

dolorah said...

Thanks everyone. Sorry, I got busy and forgot to come back for a few days.

Adura Ojo said...

Hi Dolorah. I love reading other writers' fictional work but I'm moving more towards nonfiction myself, nonfiction: personal essays, memoirs, and poetry.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I wouldn't have thought there was much in common with those three genres, but you found the link. It is satisfying to solve other people's problems. Unfortunately for my characters, I usually end up giving them more.

What is WEP? I keep seeing people refer to it, but I've never heard of it before.