Editing my book tonight, I had to inquire to some friends. I sent them each a paragraph with a question about the wording. My question was “does this sound too romance novelishy?” Did I use the word novelishy? Yes because I like to make up words – more importantly, I like to add ish to words and an occasional ‘y’ on top of the ish.
What does romance novelishy mean? It means, does this wording make this novel sound like a romance novel and not a true solely fantasy novel? My great fear is that I am writing a romance novel and not realizing it. I have written the book and am editing now and every time I encounter romance I wonder,
“Does this make my story a romance novel?”
I have no problem with romance novels. I read them sometimes. I just don’t want to write one. I want to write a serious fantasy novel, an epic. I want to be taken seriously as only a fantasy or science fiction writer.
I want to be taken seriously as a writer in general. I feel if I can’t define my own work, how can I expect others to define it as what I want them to? If I write a different novel than I planned does that make me a bad writer?
I also wonder, where exactly is the line between genres? Who determines this so called line? Is it the reader or the writer?