IWSG: Write What You LOVE

This is the first Wednesday of the month, and that means IWSG Day, the day when all of us insecure writers get together and talk about writing.

Thanks to this month’s co-hosts: Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!

March 3 (optional) question – Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

This reminds me of the snarky fantasy author response to the old saying that you should only write what you know. I am not a unicorn (probably). Or a hobbit OR stuck in the relentless cycle of Norse mythology.

As for my alleged “fantasy novel addiction,” yes, I may have a problem. It’s true that my current pile contains exactly three books: urban fantasy, juvenile fantasy, and Victorian era fantasy. Someone looking at the books I’m reading might think – oh, you only read fantasy, huh?

You’ve caught me at an embarrassing moment, but, FYI, I also read nonfiction, sci fi, and … other things. (Quick, what other genres exist?)

Yes, I read a lot of fantasy novels. It’s true. Maybe because I really enjoy reading them. Maybe because that is what my Fae Overlords force me to read. Who knows? Knowing this truth about myself feels like looking through my library “reading history” to see what important, thought-provoking books I’ve read lately. And my last ten checkouts were all Hallmark movies. Haha. Not that this ever happens.

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How did this get here? Does anyone even watch this show? Not me! Nope!

I am not a Unicorn. Or, maybe I’m like Dirk Gently from the Douglas Adam series. If you deny being something often enough, people start to wonder if you really are That Thing. If you tell them exactly what you are, they will never believe you.

Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective. NOT Psychic. At all.

In answer to the original question about what kind of books I like to read. Let’s be clear here. One last time. I am. Not. A. Unicorn. I just read a lot of fantasy novels. Allegedly. (A lot of fantasy novels wind up in my house, and someone here appears to be reading them. And, I live alone.)

What are you reading? Is it 2022 yet where you are? Much later or much, much earlier? How is it there? May I visit? I have cookies.

8 thoughts on “IWSG: Write What You LOVE

  1. We read what we like. We over indulge in what we love. Follow your bliss!

    I forget who said that. I hear it all the time here in hippy country. I write noir mystery novels so people who don’t know me while viewing the stack of books next to my bed probably think I’m a serial killer. Happy IWSG Day!

  2. Cookies and unicorns are always welcome here!
    I’ve read and enjoyed a ton of wonderful fantasy over the years – I’m on a romance/romantic suspense kick at the moment though!

  3. I’d make cookies if it meant meeting a unicorn. Which you’re not. Unless you protest too much…
    🦄🍪
    Great post.
    I love reading a wide variety of genres. I posted for IWSG day today. My post includes a new book by a friend, a note about a free book next week, a tweet about a query contest (LGBTQ romance this round), and a quick message about April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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