Fireflies and Platforms
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Yay! The Jan/Feb 2011 edition of Writers’ Journal is now available, and I’m proud to say my prizewinning story “Fireflies” is published in this issue.
Were you to know of me only through Writers’ Journal, you might think I am a romance writer since both of my stories published in this magazine (“Dusk” appeared in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue) are romances. You would be partially correct. I do write romance, but I also love writing everything else! In other venues I have published horror, memoir, humor, essays and general fiction stories.
I mention this because my fellow blogger, Linda O’Connell, lamented via her blog the problem writers face of being pinned to a particular platform when many of us enjoy writing across multiple genres. It may be true that real success depends on choosing a favorite flavor and sticking with it; but that doesn’t mean we can’t branch out if for no other reason than the sheer joy of it.
Were you ever typecast in a particular role/job/genre? Are you bothered by that, or do you think it helps define your goals? If you are a writer, do you find the insistence of a “platform” bothersome? How to choose, when everything appeals? I’m curious, and would like to read your comments.
My writing Yoda, the scathingly brilliant Cathy C. Hall, once counseled me this way: “Grasshopper,” said she. “You are a writer. That is your platform.”
Sounds like a good flavor to me. I’ll stick with that one.
Off to write who-knows-what!