ISWG, Science Fiction, and Birthday!
Hey, writers. Hope you’re doing well. Today’s post is in response to the Insecure Writer’s Group question: “What do you love about the genre you write most often in?” #ISWG
My answer: what’s not to love? In science fiction, I have aliens, robots, and spaceships. These are shiny objects that I love dearly, but they aren’t the reason I write science fiction. In my journey to becoming a writer, I tried everything from advertising to zombies. I loved the journey and each piece I wrote along the way. But there’s a feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you hit the thing that makes you happiest – and for me, that’s science fiction with a bit of romance.
I love writing what could be the future of humanity. I love inspiring my readers through my characters. I love throwing everything evil and bad at a character and seeing how they wiggle their way out of trouble. I know when I adopt a character they will be dipped in the deep end of the ocean without a safety ring.
I love the books I’ve read in the genre and the writers who make me stretch my imagination. I know you’ve probably had the same experience – reading Robert Heinlein’s Friday, or Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Complete Orisina. When I read The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, I was swept away to another world where H.G. Wells took over and showed me other possibilities. I remember getting goosebumps the first time I read Logan’s Run. And no science fiction book post would be complete without The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s the book that made me look at towels in a whole new way!
In my novels and work, I want to share what I love most with others – and I hope you’ve experienced that in this post.
Today’s my birthday, and I wanted to say thanks for sharing it and the other days of the year with me. I really appreciate my reader and writer buddies. Keep reading, keep writing, and keep living your best life.