Heyo its me :3
Hi there, I guess I should formally introduce myself. My name is Paméla, though most people call me Pam for short. Yes, like the cooking spray ;P
I've loved writing for as long as I can remember. I've participated in the last couple of NaNoWriMos, not making it very far either time. BUT THIS YEAR THO. I am incredibly excited for NaNoWriMo this year, I am much less busy, much more prepared! The latter thanks to lots of papers and Plotist :D
Lets see... I am 19, Canadian, and writing a YA-contemporary-romance-speculative fiction THINNNG. I've never been good with placing books in genres, there are just so many terms.
Music and writing go hand in hand for me, I have a playlist on my iPod that I nickname my writing playlist since its with very emotional songs, those songs make me want to write!
I hope everyone here is excited for their writing projects, whether its NaNoWriMo or revision or editing or freelance writing! :D
@Pam1256 Welcome to Plotist Pam!
And I love your genre description. You're writing a ... THINNNNG. lol. I write in multiple genres. The only genre I can say I write in is nonfiction. Everything else is absolutely all over the place. Action, mystery, intrigue, romance, a bit of erotica, a smidgen of sci-fi, tiny bit of fantasy, a little bit supernatural, a bit here, there, everywhere! I am like the ketchup of genre writing - a mix of 57 ingredients to create a single cohesive (hopefully) story. :)
I'll be routing for you for NaNo, so let me know if there is anything I can do to keep you motivated. :D I plan on doing all kinds of things to support our PAWs through NaNo this year :D
Hey Pam! Nice seeing you around here!
Putting books in boxes is really hard. I usually do something like: Sci-fi-fantasy with a bit of romance, but generally prefer to just explain the main idea behind the book.
I'm currently reading Arcadia by Iain Pears, and that's a huge mess of genres. It has at least three different worlds and each represents the contemporary, fantasy and sci-fi genres. But within each world you have a bit of mystery and detective, some YA, a bit of war stories...
So yeah, boxes are nice when they fit, but when they don't...
Whenever I have to give a genre, I just go for the broadest term available to me that does the best at defining what I'm writing, honestly. I understand what you're saying about the difficulty placing things in a genre, though :D I agree with @Josey and @jaycano about it, though. It doesn't really need to fit in a box, as long as you know what's going on and can explain the main idea.
Hey @Pam1256! Welcome!
I have a lot of trouble with genres too. I usually call my stuff medieval fantasy (even though it's low fantasy and one would argue it's only medieval-ish heh), but then I usually get the "oh, like Lord of The Rings?" response, and... No, not like Lord of The Rings. I love Lord of The Rings, but the idea of people going into my stories expecting Tolkien levels of worldbuilding terrifies me. He's that one writer I put in a pedestal so high up I can barely see it without the aid of a telescope.
I'm also very dependent on music for inspiration. What kind of things do you listen to? Have you visited the music thread yet?