Sunday, August 1, 2010

What genre are you into, Ava?

The other day on my Facebook wall, Ashelynn Sanford asked me what genre I write. When I first read it, I almost hesitated in even answering her question because I was afraid I might scare her away with the hodge-podge that I write or write about, for that matter.

I was honest and told her that I write many different things from Associated Content articles to eBooks, business logos to other freelance work. I was finding it very hard to narrow it down because all the things I've written are almost all different in comparison to the next thing.

For instance, I can remember a really busy month a few months ago when I had a client who wanted me to do interviews and write reviews for moving companies; another project in that same month was ghostwriting some web content for an online survey company guide; another still was a 100 page eBook about boosting metabolism. As you can see, it is very difficult to put a name on it, so with that sort of thing I just label it as part of my freelancing/creative design aspect.

With others, though, like my poetry, short stories, various book ideas and in-the-works novel, the jury is still deciding. I wish I could just say that I'm a romance writer or even science fiction. I think I get anxious at the thought of limiting myself to just one genre. I mean, don't get me wrong-I have gigantic respect for people who only write one...that's awesome. But it's not for me.

The analogy I gave to Ashelynn was: "It's like telling yourself you can only have one kind of cheese...well, not the best analogy, but I love cheese and it would be sad to be only able to eat one kind."

The thing is, I am constantly opening myself up to the opportunity that I can set all of my ideas free. I put a lot of pressure on myself, I think. It can be quite exhausting at times because I am always doing something, but then again that's just me; I'm like that in all aspects of my life. It keeps me busy and creative, I guess.

And even if I sit and think, "Well, if you had the choice, would you want to stick to just one writing genre?" I think I would still say no. I cannot see myself as just one thing. I like being dynamic. I like being the author AND the person someone can approach to write a press releases for their business.

Do I tend to bite off more than I can chew. Absolutely, but that's just life. I wouldn't feel complete if I wasn't pushing my limits every day.

Thanks again for the question, Ashelynn!!

I would also like to remind you guys of my "Comment Contest" that ends tonight (Sunday) at 11:30 PM. Get you comments in while you can to win those books because you don't have that much time! I know I didn't give you guys that much time at all, but I promise I will make it up to you guys next time I host something on my blog.

Well, thanks for listening. Have a fabulous Sunday!

Ava Elaine
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Ashelynn D. Sanford said...

Little did you know that I write in all sorts of genres, too. :) Except I've narrowed it down for my novels to be fantasy and science fiction. Have a pretty big range there.

Great post! Especially about the cheese. . .lol.

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