You know how I said everyone seemed to think I have everything worked out. And I wasn’t too convinced. Part of the reason for that is due to some other comments, or rather questions, being asked. It’s left me a stumbling muttering mess.
‘Soooo, what d’ya write?’
Here’s where, ‘you haven’t really got your shit together, have you,’ comes into play. Because my answer is, ‘Well I’ve been writing horror for years, but I’m going to do some young adult sci-fi. Although, right now I’m researching a social experiment I’d like to get people involved with.’
Way to focus D, way to focus.
But I think it’s OK, because I’m trying to find my ‘inner writer.’ Right? And should I just concentrate on one genre if I read many? I have no illusion that I’ll be good at multiple genres, I mean hey, I mightn’t even be good at one. But if I’m passionate about something it will come through in the research and the characters. Yes, she mutters as she goes to pour herself a whiskey.
The main point is to pick one story and work on it until it’s finished. Then I can start the next. Rather than my usual unfocused jumping from idea to idea. I suppose that’s where the habits, targets and accountability steps come into play. It will take a while but it will get easier I’m sure.
So, if you were curious the answer is, I write horror and sci-fi. I geek out at Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner, Alien, Donnie Darko, Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, and so many other great films and writers that the list would seem unending. I may do some other genres but they’re an aspiration rather than an actual plan.
As a side note, I understand why people don’t like horror. Why subject yourself to the psychological unease of those thoughts? But sci-fi is the beautiful unknown. The imagined and the ever possible. If you’re not a sci-fi fan, I would urge you to just dip your toe into a subject matter that can so often be a mirror to the direction of our future, or a view on our current global state. Sci-fi is so much more than aliens, spaceships and far off planets. It’s here and now. It’s being created in laboratories and global corporations all over the world, and through stories we can play out possible consequences to our grand plans. We can mitigate the poor decisions the intelligentsia and political elite may make on our behalf. It can open your mind and illuminate a path you never knew was possible.
For films I would recommend:
- District 9
- Children of Men
For books I would recommend:
- The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
- The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
- I, Robot, Isaac Asimov