Stephannie Beman has an awesome post about how her imagination from childhood led to her birth as a writer. I’ve known Stephannie for years (we met on LiveJournal back in 2008, at least I think it was 2008). Anyway, in that time I’ve read her work, and I’ve noticed she leans toward fantasies and mythologies with romance blended into the storylines. It seems to me that her early spark of interest in those genres have led to what her passion is today. Then I thought over my early imaginative stories. I hated to read and write when I was a kid, but I did daydream a lot. And the focus of my daydreams was in romance. Today, that’s the genre I’m the happiest writing.
So I’m wondering how many of you have noticed that your childhood daydreams resembles the genre or genres you write today? Of course, we can write in genres outside the main interest. My main interest is romance, but I have written fantasy novels and a sci-fi thriller. We don’t have to only write one genre.
But is there one genre that seems to be dominant in your writing or do your stories end up having a similar theme that has its roots based in childhood?
I’m interested to know if our true passion originated in childhood. If so, I think it’d be worthwhile to think over those childhood daydreams and see if we can take the basic elements in those daydreams to enhance our passion for what we’re writing these days.