So, I’m often asked how I decide genre. How do I decide what genre to write in, when I don’t keep to one genre?
Well, I mainly write in three main genres.
Under these categories there’s a lot of wriggle room. Meaning that each genre has a ton of sub genres to move around in.
But how I decide on one of these sub genres, well that depends completely on the story and how it comes to me. I never sit down and think: I want to write a steampunk. That’s not how it works for me.
More likely it happens something like this:
1 - A scene jumps into my head. It often have a character or two, doing something in a very vague setting. Now this happens about 20 times a day, and most of the time I simply ignore it as being stupid or useless or too cliche.
2 - the scene gets stuck in my head. I keep going back to it. It slowly builds. Why is this person standing in the dark corner, holding a knife? What kind of knife is it?
3 - I sit down and write the scene and spend an hour working on it. I add a lot of random details that all help me see the character and idea better. I add little notes and questions. I add other ideas in bulletform below the scene. <- - - this is where the genre is most likely to come forth. As I build this first scene I am likely to add things that will give the story a genre.
4 - I reread the scene and look at it critically. Could this be used or is it crap. Is there actually some substance to build from?
5 - I start writing and the precise sub genre will emerge from there.
1 - I get an idea, I sit down and write for 10 hours. And suddenly I have the first 10k words of a new novel that I never planned to write and in a genre I had no idea I wanted to write in. < - - - this happens more than I care to admit.
So far I’ve played around in a lot of genres and sub-genres, but my first love will always be fantasy <3
I love dragons.
Small dragons, big dragons. Those who live in water, and those who hide in mountain caves. The dragons of stenght and those of peace. Doesn't matter, I'll probably love them.
In my upcoming novel, Dragonslayer, I have a lot of different dragons.
I got the giant fire dragons. Massive beasts that breaths fire and take down buildings with a swipe of their tails. I got snow, glass, cave, water, and so many other kinds of dragons.
Dragons are facinating. Not only as elements in writing, but because they are a creature that have been told about in stories for thousands of years, across all the continents. Dragons have been a symbol of evil, og courage, of strenght. They have been the symbol of the fear that holds you back.
So tell me, what dragon is your favorite dragon?
Sometimes we all need a little motivational help (or a big kick in the ass).
I like to go on pinterest and find funny quotes, because if nothing else they help make my mood better, and quite often a suck-y mood is where the problem really lies.
Other times, when I need to get my head out of a story before working on it again, finding prompts online for a flash fiction piece can help too.
What I always remember, when motivation is low, is inspired by something my sister told me.
“If I have all the tools of my trade in front of me. A computer, paper, pens, and a great idea. And I still can’t find the motivation… then maybe I'm in the wrong business.”
Harsh? Hell yeah, but also true.
Imagine going to work and telling your boos, that sorry but you can’t work today because you don’t have any motivation. Or when a deadline gets close, you go to your supervisor and says, oh, I’m not going to reach the deadline, I’ve just not had any motivation the past month.
Do you think you would still have a job then? Nope, most likely not.
And writing is a job.
So for me it comes down to time management, something I’m slowly trying to get better at. And yes, it is hard work learning to manage your writing time like a job, but to me, so far, it has been very much worth it.
But back to motivation and the fun stuff.
For me, it’s all about putting a smile on my face, and maybe reminding myself that I can actually do this shit. So here’s a few of my favorite motivational “posters”
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I did. Actually I'm pretty sure I wrote a very long post about it right here:
Old post on scrivener
But seriously, I've now had scrivener for 1½ year and I still bloody love it. I think Scrivener is the best writing investment I've done when it comes to getting stuff finished and organized. And even though I use it daily, I still sometimes go "uhhh shiny new feature" because I suddenly realize a new way to do things.
The fact that you can organize everything, having more than one book, characters, setting, notes, and every other piece of information in one place, easily accessed is so handy. I've used a lot of other programs before, but none of them comes close to this.
(yes, I might be going slightly fangirly here - live with it)
Is it perfect?
No, of course not. It can be really hard to figure out how to use the program and even now I have to go look on the interwebz for how-to-guides once in a while. The fact that a file from the PC version can't be opened on the Mac version is annoying to say the least. And I admit there are times where I personally just don't find the way things are done logical.
But the good so much outweighs the bad.
Okay, I think that was enough fangirling for the next few months... phew
Oh and in case you don't know what the hell scrivener is, here's a pretty little link.
Scrivener - They have a 30 day trial for free
(No, I don't earn any money if you click that link, and no, I don't know the people behind or anything. I really REALLY just like this product, and maybe you will too)
Okay, back to editing :P
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