Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why? Question of the month. My favorite to write in? Fantasy, although a close second would be satire.
Fantasy genre allows me to showcase what I like about the "real" world and provide solutions that probably aren't workable in the "real" world. Now, having said that, I fully realize that much of what I write is based on real world, real life experiences, thoughts, beliefs etc. I know that what I've presented in "Niiganabiik's World" isn't how a lot of Anishinabeg view the world. Such as dragons, elves, magic amongst a few other things.
I remember the questions I had, the answers I was given, and the world as I saw it as a small child, a teenager and a young adult. There was seemingly no way to reconcile the differing views on our culture. I wasn't the only one.
One of the precepts we're taught is to think for ourselves, make our own decisions from the choices we're presented. This teaches several things and that is the main thing I present in my fantasy world. The fact that we have choices, we have the ability to make decisions, we have the responsibility to accept the consequences for those decisions. All wrapped up in an entertaining story. That is how we were taught.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We went to school. We also had elders, aunties, uncles, grandparents and parents who told us stories. I remember their delivery style, I hear their voices in my head and I try to emulate this in my writing style. Cause many of the stories still guide me in my life.
And satire because I couldn't really think of my stories as comedy. Can't really describe those stories over on my other blog as one thing or the other. It's a mishmash of whatever I think of at the moment. I've gotten comments and suggestions of what readers want to read more of.
How do I find the why? Not sure. It's just something I have to do. So, I've spent a lot of time learning the ropes, trying to improve, getting my stories right. Cause I have that one reader in mind. That reader might change for the particular story I am currently working on, however the process stays pretty much the same.