Friday, September 14, 2012

Books and Lipstick

Have you ever been one to purchase only one brand and shade of lipstick or lipgloss, scared to try a new shade? Then, you see a model or movie star wearing a shade that you'd like to try? Once you take that risk and look at yourself in the mirror it's clear that you made a good choice? I have recently discovered that I am one of those people, except with books. Book blogging and talking to other writers has totally made me rethink the lipgloss I have been wearing!

Let me just mention a few words that normally would elicit a negative response from me--steampunk, noir, horror. I can't even begin to explain why I've never really been interested in these genres, but it may have something to do with my being a total scary cat! Yes, I am a huge Stephen King fan but I have never really enjoyed any other author who writes horror. These stories has always been that red lipstick I have been afraid to try on. I am more of a clear gloss girl.

What has changed my mind? The brilliant writing of Charles Benoit, Jonathan Maberry and Cassandra Clare. Ever since I have "found" these authors, I just can't get enough of their respective sub-genre categories. Through this change in my reading habits, my writing has evolved from that of contemporary to a darker, more noir feel. I now want to try new things, wear new lipstick colors. 

The dark corners of my mind now bare lit torches. I see things clearer than ever before and I am not so hung up on what category a book is, rather I am concerned with what the book is about and the feelings it illicits from me. I think we can all learn from all writers and the stories they tell, no matter what the section of the bookstore it can be found (or which make-up counter we find it).

The point is, don't be afraid of trying new books, new writing styles, new lipstick or lipgloss colors. The only way a writer can grow is if you evolve. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice!! I think it's always important to get yourself out there and try new genres. I know that I've found some of mine this way!