|The only poetry book I ever liked....|
but every once in a while
I attempt to get my rhyme on
And hope it gets not a frown, but a smile.
You see here is the thing
About what we try to write
Sometimes it works well for us
but not if you choose the wrong type
For some, they write quite lyrical
and others, they wax poetic
Still another group might make you laugh
And others make you cry with their pose so dramatic
You have your western writers
Who lasso cows with ease
or your suspense authors
Who cause their characters lives to cease
If you choose the wrong one
let's say you attempt to write humor
but your funny bone is somewhere in Alaska
Your funny book might as well be a tumor.
This poem is a super good example,
for I am an author who deplores trying to rhyme
So I think I'll stick to my funny romance,
Otherwise, I won't earn even a dime.
In non-poetic words... we each have a voice. Be true to it.
The first ever book I started was a serious dramatic novel where one guy dies, the heroine attempts suicide, and later in the book has her child kidnapped and is beaten almost to death by her boyfriend.
I never got past chapter three.
While I like to weave a bit of drama and suspense into my books for pizazz, I'm not a suspense writer. I NEED to make people smile. I'd rather not make readers cry, unless it's tears of joy.
My drama was bad. Like, melodramatic, horse-manure bad.
My funny is... well, it's getting published next month. So hopefully it doesn't stink like it belongs in a barn anyway:-)
And my poetry... well, you can tell how that turned out above.
DISCUSSION: Have you ever switched genres? Do you think your voice lends you more toward one type of prose than another? Is there one type of writing that you could NEVER do professionally because it just isn't who you are?
Extra brownie points today if you can make your comment a POEM!
IN FACT! How about this: I'll do my OWN first book giveaway of Sandwich, with a Side of Romance today for all those who attempt! It'll be signed by me and everything! (Won't be shipped until I actually GET my copies... but it'll be yours!)