For years I couldn’t seem to write a genre. Other authors weren’t always bound to just one type of story, but they did write in genres (such as writing both historical romance and high fantasy.) My stories were all over the place and rarely in the same genre twice.
I normally also write in an auditory way. How people sound so their “voices” are authentic was the most important thing to me. Visual is the last way in which I prefer to think. But when I was examining my characters as if I was going to choose actors for a movie, things began to jump out at me and I saw the books aren’t disparate but are instead part of one long story. One whole world.
People don’t usually like more than one of my books anyway. Usually a person loves one; kind of likes another; actively doesn’t like a third; and ignores the rest. So my audience isn’t built for loyal genre reading either. But that kind of approach is typical when thinking of a long series with a lot of storylines—people latch onto one or two and follow them, finding the others to be for someone else.
Another reason not to leave out any of the books is because they are all part of one story. Even if one area is almost universally viewed as rather boring, it isn’t usually left out. For instance, Star Wars has many plots, characters, planets, and situations in it. Even those that are uninteresting to almost everyone, such as C-3PO, are never trimmed because they contribute a detail to the overall story.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, Star Wars fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.