As many of my friends know, I've been writing fiction as a sideline for quite a few years and finished my first novel, Growing Up Single, in 2006. In the time since, I've entered chapters from the book in two of the First Chapters contests sponsored by Gather.com and spent a lot of time in several writer chat groups. I've done substantial editing and a re-write on that book in the time since and am in the process of marketing it. I've also continued to write other fiction in my spare time.
This morning Pat let me know that she'd liked the comment and had gone on to write a blog post talking about transcending genre. It's probably the first time I've been quoted in a blog with respect to fiction writing and it's a good feeling. I've put a lot of energy into learning the craft of fiction writing over the past two years and these chat groups are a great way to hone my thoughts on writing and learn from other writers.
Pat's blog is a good resource for writers and she often has guest bloggers, including several published writers. The particular blog entry I've been discussing can be found here. If you're a writer, may you also be able to create your own genre. If writing what you want is your goal, it's definitely worth taking the shot.