What genre are you most comfortable writing? Stories. Fiction or nonfiction, I like to write stories. If you look at my blog, that’s all there is – stories of my adventures – stories of my friends’ adventures.
The genre I have difficulty with is the one I’m dealing with write now – writing nonfiction in a linear fashion – nonfiction in which I do not see a story in my mind.
Have you developed a specific writing style? Yes. Rather than describe someone in prose, I prefer to do it in dialogue.
Sometimes I do not write in complete sentences. I write a phrase. I write a word. Because that is how we actually think. We don’t think in complete sentences. However, more often I do use complete sentences. I had an editor try to remove those incomplete sentences/phrases, making them into sentences. But that wouldn’t have been my storytelling.
In “Dam Broke,” I didn’t give the narrator a name because the story is told in first-person and she and her friend had known each other for seven years and they wouldn’t be using names. However, an editor decided to insert a name and call her “Linda.” What! So, I used her name, Annabelle, once in the story (and removed “Linda”).
Will I write other books in this same genre? Sort of. HOW YOU LEAVE TEXAS is four separate stories about four young women who live in different Texas cities and leave Texas for different reasons. What I am writing currently is a series of short stories about a girl growing up as a military brat. The stories are sequential and they will read more like a novel when I get them finished.
Have you started another book yet? Yes, I have started the book about a girl growing up as a military brat. I have two stories that have already been published – one of them won and award. I have drafts of about seven other stories. I need to edit those stories and write a few more. Sounds simple, but just putting that down in writing that made me want to take a nap.
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Genre – Women’s Fiction
Rating – PG13
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