Stereotype or Specialist?

With Sanchin all done and dusted and awaiting publication it’s time to focus on writing again. I started writing the second novel at the same time as I started editing  Sanchin and, with hindsight, this was a mistake. Switching between editing and writing was more difficult than I had anticipated.

Broken Bonds was the novel I began. Now, I don’t know if it was because I was writing one and editing another, or if I was writing outside my genre or what, but I never really found my voice with that one. I’m not sure if I ever will so, for now at least, it is on hold.

Yantsu, while nothing like Sanchin in character or storyline, is similar in that it focuses on a young cast of characters and it has a strong martial arts theme. I was reluctant to write another book in the same vein for fear of forcing myself into a little box and never being able to write anything else.

But then I really thought about it, and you know what? I don’t care! I loved writing Sanchin and I’m loving working on Yantsu. For me, writing is not about getting a major publishing deal and making pots of money. It’s about enjoying what I do.

Yes, I would like people to read the books and I hope, if they do, that they will enjoy them. Getting a mainstream publisher would wonderful, as would being able to earn enough to focus exclusively on writing fiction but I’m not going to bang my head on a brick wall to achieve that.

I’m not prepared to change my style or my voice or my stories to fit in with someone else’s idea of a good book. I want to write purely for the joy of writing.

If I find a readership along the way I hope they will get as much pleasure from reading my books as I do from writing them.

But I want my writing to be fun and I want to write the stories that flow onto the page. If that puts me into the box with a label saying stereotype, then so be it. I’ll just stick another on top saying specialist.

3 thoughts on “Stereotype or Specialist?”

  1. Emil says:

    That’s it. Stay Indie. Writing should be fun. Specialist, indeed!

  2. Chris says:

    Yes, it’s your writing and your style do what you wan! I mean i don’t remember Agatha Christie write anything else that will ever take make us forget Poirot (and demand his return time and time again) or Haruki Murakami write anything that was not weird or surreal. We are here to support you! Osu!

  3. Karen says:

    Thanks guys. I’ve never doubted my decision to go Indie but it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my thinking.

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