I don’t know what it is about my trip home that always makes me think of blog topics. Maybe it’s because I just have so much to let my mind wander. Especially when people are doing blasting on the side of the road and I’m sitting in traffic for an hour. Hooray!
Anyways, this time though, I got to listen to this fantastic interview with Salman Rushdie It’s a long interview, mainly about his new young adult book, but absolutely worth it. If you’ve got the time while you’re doing dishes or chores, listen.
There are a couple of things in this wonderful interview I’m going to save for blog posts for later, but there are two I want to highlight now.
When discussing children’s literature, he said something that I believe wholehearitly, and hearing Rushdie say it in his own smooth eloquent way just made me feel all fuzzy and go ‘YES EXACTLY’ in my car. He said: You need to write up to children, not down. And can write the same themes for adults and children, but children may enter these ideas through different doors than adults. Another point touched on in the interview which makes me adore this man was that children are attracted to heavier, more serious topics, which is a point I mentioned before
It’s so true and I think this mentality is what helps separate good children’s literature from forgettable children’s literature.
Another thing Rushdie said that I believe was completely on point was that we, as writers, don’t follow a linear path when we come to writing. Our writing and imagination can follow twists and turns, writing adult one moment, children the next. Again, I think this is true. We are, to an extent, swayed by whatever our muses are saying to us at the time.
I bring this up because it leads me to what I really wanted to say today. It’s important to follow that muse and try to write different things, different kinds of things, and experiment with styles and writing forms. It’s an essential part of discovering yourself as a writer. In my writing life so far, I’ve written all sorts of things, from straight fiction, to mystery, to horror, but I’ve settled on fantasy because it feels right. It’s my niche. It’s the genre and style and place I can express myself and my views most freely. And I’m happy not spending time writing in the other genres. Why? Because I feel as if I’ve paid my dues. I know I can write in these other capacities, but I choose not to and I can justify it. Now, within this genre, I will follow different paths for sure but I choose to rarely stray outside of it.
Except for this coming week :)
Now when it comes to writing, besides fantasy, my writing usually consists of this blog, which is writing about fantasy and literature. If I try to blog about anything else, I usually can’t keep it up—maybe again this is the result of straying from my genre. Who knows. But notice I said usually. The only other time I keep any sort of blog or journal is when I travel.
If you do not keep a blog or journal when you travel, you are missing out. Seriously. Keeping an account of traveling is not only good for writing skills, but it is a great resource, and a fantastic souvenir of a trip. I’m leaving for Germany on Saturday and so I’m turning this into my temporary travel blog. Thus look forward to a week of travel related post and random excitement about heading back to a place I consider another home!