When people ask me what I write about, an answer doesn't come right away. You can say I write about life, love, and heartbreak. You can say I write realistic fiction, or fantasy. You can say I write short stories, long stories, and everything in between. You can say I write about what matters. You can say I write about things in everyone's life. You can say I write novels, you can say I write books. You can say I write about all of those things. But the truth is, I don't write about any of those things. I write about what comes to mind. I write about what's in my heart. And that cannot be specified to a certain genre, topic, or moment. It can't be specified at all, because it's mine and nobody else's. Anyone can write about life, love, loss, and every genre. But it takes a true writer to say their work is unspecified. They can truly say it's theirs.
A Writer's Word
October 27, 2010