Any writer and probably every reader has seen this ‘debate’ and it’s been raging for a good long while. Every time I see it start up in the online world, and in person, I kind of want to vomit.
Because who cares? I mean, I obviously care enough to write this post, but only to express frustration. Surely only a bunch of muppets would worry about this empty dichotomy? What is gained – or more pertinent perhaps, what is lost when we waste time and energy quibbling?
The arguments are always tedious rehashes of the same accusations too: pretentious/shallow/predictable/aimless blah blah blah, and they all reek of the insecurity and posturing that reminds me of ‘Question’ Time in Australian Parliament. Which is about as schoolyard as it gets, folks.
Having said all that, I sometimes wonder whether writers are among the most precious about this obsessive categorisation? Categorisation is a useful tool for marketing and choosing but does it matter when writing? Hell no.
Although, I do have two types of stories I split work into – stuff I like and stuff I don’t.
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline