IWSG: The Worst Genre For Me to Write

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise – Fundy Blue!

September 7 question – What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

Oh, I definitely know the answer to this one. Romance would be the one that I’m least capable of. Because… I’m just not a romantic. I’ve never… uhm… actually been in love. I’m not sure I’m capable of being in love. (Although I would probably get married if I found someone with solid editing skills who was willing to bring me a sandwich from time to time.) I’m not even sure if I believe in “in love” as a concept.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that so many of the kids stories out there end with “and they got married and lived happily ever after.” Or… you know… If they haven’t died, they’re still alive. Well, shoot. Twelve pages ago, he was battling demons, and she was leading an army. And now… well, they might not be dead yet?

Welp, that sounds… dull.

Maybe it’s a confidence issue. I’m not sure whether that’s lack of confidence (I’m not enough to drive a novel.) or too much overconfidence (Neither is he.) Or a squeamishness issue. (Wait, my characters want to do what? With my name on the package!!?? Oops, that just sounds like an awkward tattoo. I mean, on the cover?)

And then he pawed at her ineptly until she told him to go make her a sandwich. It was pastrami on rye, and he used the good mustard–not the kid’s birthday yellow stuff–and it was worth eating, so, reader… she married him. And if they haven’t died… she’s still plotting murder and biding her time.


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    Romance would be hard for me, too. Maintaining a healthy, long-term relationship takes a lot of hard work. If I were to ever write a romance, I’d insist on an ending that acknowledges that fact.

  2. Loni Townsend


    Ha! I think the sandwich can totally work for a romance. I mean, you’ve got the meat there. That is a thing right? Meat cute? Or was that supposed to be meet cute.

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    That last paragraph has me in stitches! Your point about “happily ever after” sounding dull is pretty spot on — and I’m a hopeless romantic (though I try to mask that fact with near-constant snark and sarcasm). I’ve been in love, am in love (32nd anniversary in a few days!), and I still think there’s more to life than a romantic relationship. In fact, having no life outside of each other would make for a damn boring romance.

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    I don’t know, it sounds like you might be on to something there with the romance based on good mustard. Don’t sell yourself short!

    I enjoyed your post!

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