I've been a working hard on my writings all week. I've been working on five stories. Yep, I like to write on more than one thing at once.
Horror Flash = finished
Fantasy Flash = finished
Science Fiction story for an anthology
Fantasy story for an anthology
I was quite happy pootling away when my research for the science fiction led to another idea, and I got distracted and started writing another science fiction story.
And, oh. I got into the flow. That lovely feeling when the words were just flowing onto the page.
Afterwards, once the story was finished, I got to thinking. Why was it that story that was so enjoyable to write? It wasn't the science. It wasn't the length. It wasn't the premise. I had similar elements in the other stories, yet they hadn't been so much fun.
And here's my revelation. it was the fact that the my main character was an unreliable narrator. And I love reading short stories about unreliable narrators. And come to think of it, I love writing them, too.
And maybe that explains why in the horror genre, I've written so many Cthulhu stories, because I love reading them.
So that's my revelation. Write what you love. And you'll love what you write. (mileage may vary).
And in fact I remember reading that advice a few years ago. But it never crystallised for me at the time.
Now I'm going to be looking for story elements in my reading. I know that I've got a fondness for what I call character reveal stories, when the character doesn't solve problems but the emotional pay-off at the end of the story is the unexpected/yet somehow inevitable character reveal. Could I write one of those? I know I've got a fondness for sublime language. Could I do more with my prose?I like sarcasm and sly humour. I like happy endings. And what other elements make me enjoy a story? What else can I be inspired by?
Oh, happy day.
What about you guys. Have you thought about this. Do you write what you love to read? Have you ever had a writers' revelation that is so obvious?