But last week, I had an epiphany. My three very favorite movies of my childhood were Pete's Dragon, Mary Poppins and (my favoritest) Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
|Sing with me, "Bobbin along..."|
My favorite movie in college? Practical Magic.
Duh. Magic realism. Every blinkin' one.
I think that is the issue we sometimes get into in our writing. We get so caught up in what is this, and how do I convey it, but if we will just sit back, tell the story that is in our heart, we will probably realize we are writing what we have loved all along.
Recently, as I'm querying TRANSCEND, I've been working on a new book. I've started it over at least five times, trying to figure out how to format it, what point of view works, can I do this style of writing as well as... and it has left me paralyzed to some extent.
This is one of the big reasons I'm going to NaNo this book. I need to just write the story, get what is within me out on the page. Then worry about the formatting, layering, imagery, etc. This will be my 6th year doing NaNo, I haven't won yet, at least not according to their standards. But every time I participate, I figure out something about my story, something where I was stuck. It forces me to trust myself as a writer and just get the story out.
When did you know what genre you write? Do you have a history with it? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?