I’m currently revising my novel, Distorted Perceptions.
This story doesn’t exactly fit easily into any genre or category. It’s also a Modern Historical, set primarily in the 1980s.
I don’t always know where/how to “position” my work, which I can deal with, but it can also become frustrating.
I don’t feel that my fiction has a “literary” style, but will describe it as General/Literary, where this seems to be the most appropriate option. This doesn’t feel entirely accurate. More of a compromise, I suppose.
I’ve always resisted writing genre fiction.
My reading has fluctuated wildly, and I’ve not consistently read a favourite genre, or type of fiction.
But lately, I’ve found much of the Horror and darker Crime, that I used to love, as a reader, much too triggering. So, I’m focusing upon reading Romance, along with some Women’s Fiction and classics.
Even though I wrote a blog post called Writing Romance (Even When You Don’t), I’m currently experimenting. I’m hoping to develop the Romance and Women’s Fiction side of my writing.
I’m also open to writing Contemporary, as well as Modern Historical.
And I would like to explore different story lengths.
My current WIP is 84k, as it stands. I’ve written a very limited number of short stories, most of which I would describe as flash fiction, although some are over 1k, and that technically makes them shorter short stories, but not quite flash fiction. At any rate, not by some definitions.
I would actually like to work on slightly longer short stories, and possibly novellas. At this point, that appeals to me. I honestly don’t want to write another 84k novel in a hurry, once I’m done with Distorted Perceptions.
I definitely hope to blog more, once Distorted Perceptions is complete.
I’ve missed it. But I’ve not been able to do it all, especially taking into account various ongoing health and life issues. That’s just the reality of the situation.
Keep believing. More from the Paula Writes blog soon, I hope.