For the last couple weeks I thought I’d try and write something different. It hasn’t turned out well.
My usual stories are fantasy of one form or another. I tried to write a Sci-Fi novel.
It was going good, as my other attempts at writing within the genre had, then the bottom fell out and I got bored.
I’m not sure whether it’s the story, the process I use, or whether I can’t write a Sci-Fi novel.
I’ve written a couple of Sci-Fi short stories in the past, no problem. When they grow longer than 10,000 words, that’s when the problems happen.
For now, I’ll be sticking to Fantasy, and its mini-genres…i.e., Epic, Sword & Sorcery, Urban, Grimdark, and the like.
But Science Fiction gives my brain fits.
I’m still not sure why this is. I can write a horror novel and be completely in love with it, same goes with Fantasy, but science fiction, I have trouble with it.
I believe that comes from the books I felt forced to read growing up.
My father would read Tom Clancy novels, I would read them. The Techno-Thriller had so much tech in it at times it bogged me down and I believe its why I can’t write similar things today.
Whenever I wanted to read something different he would look at the cover, read the blurb and decide for me whether I could read it.
Many times I would be reading a couple of books at a time, one that he chose, one that I found at the library.
It wasn’t until I moved out of his house and in with my mom and dad, that I felt I could read without judgement.
Though there were times I would have comics hidden under my bed or wherever I slept. The fear of someone finding out I liked comics, that I enjoyed fantasy novels was too great a thing for me to break from.
It took me a long time to enjoy reading fantasy and not having the fear of judgement for what I read.
Today, I enjoy fantasy and horror more than other genres. I don’t read Tom Clancy style books, though I do believe they have influenced some of my current writing.
I feel we should read and write what we’re comfortable with, though stretching ourselves can lead to great things.
Anyway, on to the next story, may it be ripe with Fantasy.