Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Bare in mind, there is a difference in my opinion between "writing what you read" and "reading what you write".
To me, reading what you write is more of a researching, getting-in-the-genre type affair. You want to know your competition. You want to learn different styles of voice, get inspiration, know what the current market is drooling for. Writing what you read is something else.
I'm a big fantasy nerd. I love fantasy, all types, but usually the types that have female heroines. I don't exactly know why, maybe it's because I want to see aspects in myself similar to these strong female protagonists, or because I want to be a hero myself (if I could have a super power, oh the joy . . . ) but I'm strongly drawn to stories with female main characters. So, with that said, it'd be easy to determine what kind of books I write. Fantasy, with strong female leads. But, I like to consider myself a little more "well-rounded" in the writing aspect of things. Though fantasy by far would be my favorite to write (and definite favorite to read), my brain has manifested plenty of other ideas that are not in the fantasy genre.
But what about you? If you are a frequent reader of Romance, do you find yourself writing mostly Romance novels? Or, do you write in completely different genres? I just wonder if what a writer chooses to write has anything to do with what they enjoy reading. I can guess: probably so, but I'm still curious.