Thinking about a blog post (not the first I’ve seen on the subject) about how many books on writing the blogger owns or has read. A lot. And I wonder if the number of books on a writer’s list has some relationship to how much of a reader they are. I get the impression that a lot of writers (or would-be writers) don’t read very much, or read in a limited number of genres. It’s probably a very old-fashioned opinion, but I believe that the best writers have learned their craft by absorbing the rich heritage of literature. A lot of that learning is unconscious, but comes into play when they start their own journey into authorship. Lacking that background, there’s no alternative but to read books that tell you how to do everything.
Other thought of the day is the transition that I’m going through right now. For most of my writing, I’m going to be shaking off any and all genre expectations and going for the literary side of fiction. My novels haven’t fit well in any genre, and trying to think of them as cross-genre was just avoiding the real issue, that they weren’t fully developed enough for the category they belonged in. Some of my work is definitely genre, and I don’t intend to limit myself to literary fiction. The Warden, still in development, isn’t science fictionish enough to be science fiction, and trying to make it more so doesn’t make sense. The Darkest Prison is clearly psychological horror, and Ancien: Gift of Blood (with an eventual name change) is clearly science fiction, even though that aspect will need to be developed more fully. The slavery stories I have planned don’t fit anywhere unless they’re written as literary fiction. Otherwise, they fit only the fan fictionish category of slavefic, where they clearly don’t belong.
Last thought for the day is that I now have too many blogs, the latest started up in one of my occasional fits of thinking I can bring all my bright ideas to fruition. That may possibly result in abandoning the Smashwords blog, which is now looking more like a dead albatross than something the world is waiting for.