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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG: Love Your Genre

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FEBRUARY QUESTION: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

MY ANSWER: Happy Endings. While I've written a few cliffhangers, or downright unsettling endings for my characters, I usually prefer the "Happily Ever After" conclusion. Real life is hard with many disappointments. Even though my characters struggle, I want them to achieve their goals and dreams - at least for a little while.

How about you? What is your preferred genre and what do you like most about writing it?


Angela Wooldridge said...

Hi Sylvia, Happy endings is a great answer, after all isn't it what most (admittedly not everyone!) wants to see? :)

I.B. Nosey said...

Hm, yes, having a "settled" ending is great, and almost always necessary, but in a SF novella my author wrote she left the ending mysteriously open.

Since then she's written 3 shorties, less than 2000 words and pretty much left those endings open as well. The goal? To, hopefully, hook readers on the idea of "what if--?" Keep 'em guessing, keep 'em wanting more. Not sure how that'll work. Sometimes readers get pissed 'cause they want ALL the answers, but my author -- well, she's the creator and she has the last word, heh heh

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My books have mostly happy endings. Like you, I prefer those, or at the very least, a satisfying ending.

Kate Larkindale said...

Happy endings are definitely satisfying, but I also like a slightly ambiguous ending, one that leaves you thinking about what may or may not have happened to those characters after you close the pages of the book.

Chrys Fey said...

All of my stories, no matter how successful or action-filled, have happy endings. Even the ones with cliffhangers. Yes, it is possible. I did it with Seismic Crimes. lol

Cathy said...

Mine need a happy ending and usually a romance, as well.

Laura Clipson said...

I love a happy ending, but I think my favourite ending is a bittersweet one - I think those tend to be the most unexpected, and I love being surprised.

Lisa Southard said...

I love surprises, in writing and reading, but it has to be integral to the plot and characters concerned. Genre is something vague to me, I don't like to be constrained too much - although I get that readers like a clue about what sort of thing they've getting involved with.