Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My Writing Life By Genre (An Insecure Post)


Halo, fine Insecure Friends (and guests of the Insecurity movement). As you may have guessed, it is first Wednesday, and therefore Insecure Writer's Support Group. Since I am feeling a it overwhelmed and out of sorts, I thought I would try on my writing life in different genres today and see how it goes...

Tragedy

Girl yearns to write but is forced to toil in advertising. Loses belief in self, so works endlessly at second career. Ironically learns she has writing talent and adds that to what she is working on. And then the second career takes over her life completely, leaving her with no time at all and a broken heart.


Action

Girl kidnapped by evil corporate forces! Rescued, but forced into army of do-gooders. While she believes in the cause and fights real battles, she yearns for home. She is given ONE LAST very large mission, and then she will be free! But can she do it!?


Drama

Girl tortured by being misunderstood as a child turns to writing. It begins to blossom, but she is convinced by powerful others that it is irrational and she must pursue something practical. She briefly likes the fast-paced, wild life of advertising, but refuses to give up her soul and so is banished. She Works for YEARS, slaving over a hot stove to pay for a higher education to seek another practical degree, but learns she still loves writing, so for years she lives a double life, always fighting the inner turmoil of what is practical and where her passions lie.


Comedy

Goofy girl finds herself in advertising office of mean people, so she begins to write funny stories about them and is discovered and courted by a big magazine, but it is so stressful she has to start making things up and it causes great stress with the people she used to work for who start sending her obscene gifts and embarrassing her in public, but she has the last laugh as the most outrageous story of all is entirely true and makes her a fortune.


Noir

It was a dark and stormy evening when the body was dumped on my doorstep...


I tried a couple more, but I am not nearly as profound or ironic as I think I am... Pretty sure it is the action genre for me...



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19 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I wanted to work in advertising when I got out of college (like you, couldn't think of a way to make money with writing otherwise), but no jobs in the early 90s were open!

I do think your story has a nice ending. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love this, Hart! And hang in there - your writing and publishing story will have a fairy tale ending. :)

MollyMom103 said...

Love this. I like the comic version the best. Happily ever after ends most stories...

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Haha! The genre games can be quite confusing!

Michael Di Gesu said...

WOW, Hart...

Looks like your world is utter excitement and chaos...The one thing I love about you, is you always roll with the punches and KEEP your sense of humor.

That is the key. Keep laughing! Especially on you way to the bank!

Sarah Ahiers said...

This...this was really awesome

Chrys Fey said...

How clever! I loved this. My own life story would definitely be a drama.

Caffe Maggieato said...

That was awesome. Love your post! Need I say more?? ;)

Misha Gericke said...

I like the comic version.

You'll find your way! I know it. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't know - I really liked the comical version!
Thanks for mentioning CassaFire's sale, Hart.

Andrew Leon said...

At least you didn't go Shakespearean tragedy, because everyone dies at the end of those.

M.J. Fifield said...

All of these are brilliant, but I think I like the Noir version the best.

Awesome post!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

When you try a little of everything you learn a lot, I think. Great post. You have a nice way of writing.

CA Heaven said...

I'm not at all faithful to any genre. I tend to like weird books written by original thinkers (is that a genre?) Among the ones you mention, I think I might have some attraction towards noir >:)

Cold As Heaven

planetpailly said...

I like the action thriller version best. Being a writer often feels like its life or death.

-James

Marisa Cleveland said...

What a cool blog! Great way to break down your life. :) Love the comedy!

Helena said...

Love the body dumped on the doorstep. Probably an advertising rival who came up with a bad jingle.

Anoosha Lalani said...

That was so creative! Love it! :)

Carolyn Brown said...

Thanks for the visit Hart! It was good to hear from you again. This is a great IWSG post.