I am going to begin with questions but by the end of this write up the answers are not specifically answered. And yet I feel content with how I ended it. Sometimes questions don’t always need to be answered. Even with the magic of google answering everything we can think of.
Why do I have to know what Genre I am? Can I write in one genre but then decide I also like to write in another that is totally different? Why do we have to separate everything so much? Why do we have to label and put things and people into boxes? Why can’t a person be multiple of things? Humans are complex. People shouldn’t have to create multiple pseudonyms for the different aspects of themselves so that readers can be happy. Yes, it is important for readers to enjoy the words created by the writer but why can’t readers be open to diversity within the one person?
Maybe readers are open to it but the publishing world is not there yet. I am not sure as I am not part of the traditional publishing world, yet. I ask these questions as I consider what I write on this website. I write who I am in the now. And yet I also have a fiction manuscript for youth that I plan to have published in the traditional publishing system.
When I write my query letter I will have to know what genre my story is as well as what age the story is written for. It’s not just for children anymore. There are many different levels of categories. Is it a Middle grade or a young adult? I have read through a few articles explaining what each is and I still question which feels right. Especially since the main character is 14 and it seems that is a hard number for the two categories. People either say just don’t have the character 14 if you want the book to be considered MG or write more words to make it a YA. But what it comes down to is I need to just focus on the story, not the category. I need to not label myself as one way. When people ask me what I write I just smile and say, yes, I like to write. If they ask for specifics I say a little bit of this and little bit of that. I also like to mention how I enjoy being with my muse. Sometimes people have a hard time with my response as they want to have a way to categorize what I write in their head. Sometimes I help them by just saying I only write poetry, or I only write fiction. Sometimes I don’t say specifics.
Not being focused on just one way of being is actually allowing me to be the whole me. I have also come to realize I don’t need to label how I write. I just do it.