Sunday, March 27, 2011
And the category is...?
I absolutely love awards shows. I can't wait to find out who the winner will be for "Best Comedy", "Best Drama", "Best Female Lead", "Best Male Lead", etc.
I love the way categories simplify almost everything in life...from searching for food in a grocery store to books in a library.
But, recently, I received my very first review by a bona fide reviewer! I couldn't wait to read it.
I mean 3 out of 5...not so bad for my first attempt at a short story. Which by the way is a form of writing that I am quickly falling in love with. But, as I continued to read, I thought well, this can't be about my book because it makes no sense to me...they're talking about a thriller, not my dark women's fiction piece. Not the sad story of a young woman who didn't know herself, and trusted someone she shouldn't have to guide her through a special time in her life only to be betrayed by them. But, as I continued to read, it hit me...uh, yes they are talking about your story.
Ursula K. LeGuin, a short story novelist I've enjoyed noted that on her website she dropped categories because for anything she wrote for anyone over ten they no longer seemed to fit her work.
I haven't been writing nearly as long as she has, and have nowhere near the body of work, but already I can see the genius behind what she said.
How do you feel about categories of writing. Are they beneficial or limiting?