Where does the time go? Here we are in September 2021, still dealing one way or another with covid and all that goes with it. Thank goodness we have our writing to keep fingers and minds busy.
The topic posed for this month is - besides novels, do you write in other genres? Have you ever written nonfiction?
Well, yes and yes. My preferred genre is historical romantic fiction, but I have also written two contemporary western romances with a third beginning to gel. However, the processes of gelling and the actual writing are both a bit slower than they were. But, before I started writing novels, I wrote short stories and newspaper and magazine articles before that. I liked pitching ideas to magazines that interested me or following through if magazine editors called for articles on a topic of their choice.
Sadly, of all the
publications my work appeared in, only one remains active. I’m happy to say their demise had nothing to do with my writing, but production
costs, dwindling subscriptions, and the editor’s retirement in one tiny
publishing house hit home.
Me, teenage groom and hunter
From the horses and dogs that were part of my life to beer festivals and medieval faires, my travels at home in the UK and abroad, I managed a fair range from being paid with six free copies of one magazine to a heady $800 plus, this for an article on a medieval fair.
The magazine assigned me a professional photographer for the day. He
had never worked with a writer, while said writer (me) had never worked with a photographer,
professional or not. We started the day off by discussing what we were looking
for and then parted company, me to interview performers and visitors, he to
take as many photographs as he could of whatever interested him. We met up at the end of the afternoon and found that we had, amazingly, opted for the same subjects.
|From GNIVIL's website
My article on a United
Kingdom beer festival, including one of my photographs, appeared in the Calgary
Herald (still going strong.) That was a fun gig, in part because I applied for
and received funding from the British Tourist Board. No money changed hands for
the beer as visitors bought a string of tickets at the entrance gate and used
them to buy their beer. Friday night was a fun night with my family. I got to
work interviewing people the following day. I even made it into the local paper
at home that described me as ‘a mystery woman from Canada.’
So now I’ve related
some of my experiences with writing outside my preferred genre, let’s look at
what my fellow bloggers have to say.
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-2qf
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/