What do you write? Horror? Fantasy? Magical Realism? Science Fiction? Serious fiction? Do you read the same? How would you categorize your craft? This question came up in one of my writing groups, and it caused me to pause. Why? My beta reader commented that my horror story, which I was sure was so damned scary, wasn't scary enough. Oh Lord! (yeah, anybody who says writing is easy, especially self-publishing, is a legit asshole)
I hate to say that she may be right. I also think the first book, The Long Walk, was more of a zombie drama. In fact, I think my writing is more weird fiction or what I have dubbed magical-realism suspense. I mean in this day and age of sexual liberation and social movements, labels are meh, but that's the conclusion I've come up with regarding this last piece. I would love to hear how you categorize your work or art.
Well, in real life, I have to go get treats for my students. It's the last day of the summer term, and I always love to have an end of the year party. I will also miss my students very much and will do a lot of reflecting on how the summer creative writing class went. They are all writing reflective essays today about their writing growth, which I can't wait to read!
Oh, and while I'm on the road for the next few days, I will be blogging about the stories I collect. Woo hoo! Road Trip Treat for You!
Weave what you love, often, even if it's a complicated happening. #Resist
Dr. Jesú Estrada,