Even with the three books I have published, one is a fantasy and the other two are issues books set in the real world.
In short, I'm not an author who fits neatly in the box as a 'children's author' or 'fantasy author' or whatever.
Listening to podcasts, reading articles, and attending workshops left me feeling a bit flat, almost as if I was doing something wrong in my writing career because I don't fit neatly in a box, and that made branding myself a challenge (according to experts).
I have never been good at sticking with just one thing - I get bored. I do all sorts of different crafts, listen to all sorts of different music, even at work if I'm doing the same thing too often, I need to do something else for a while. I have tried to just focus on writing for children, but there are so many great stories for grown ups in my head - I want to write a romance, a murder mystery, historical novel, non-fiction and so on. I can't just write for children. I don't fit in the box.
Last week, I posted the following on Twitter:
Jackie French stood out:
I write in most genres. I don't eat just one food, or read just one genre, or love one kind of music, so why restrict my writing?I must say, Jackie French is one of my writing idols and I love the way she thinks about this. It has helped me feel so much better about the path I'm following and what I'm writing. It's a reminder that I don't have to fit myself into a box to make it easier for others to find me or put me in their own boxes. I can write whatever I want and publish a wide variety of books for different people to enjoy.
I may be at the start of my journey to become a full-time author, and I know I have a huge pile of half finished manuscripts just begging for me to finish them. I am feeling so much better about being a multi-genre author.
The lesson I've learned here is that none of us need to box ourselves into just one genre - unless that is where we really want to be.
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