Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trying to Simplify by Melissa Clark

I suppose it is just human nature that writers get pigeonholed into certain categories. I was a "tween TV writer", then a "ChickLit" author, "Women's Fiction" author and now I'm writing a "YA novel". My resume tells of that and so much more. I've taught, tutored, ghostwritten, written nonfiction, flash fiction, a few plays, a screenplay, I've filled hundreds of journals.

Which brings me to the question: Why can't a writer just be a writer? 

As it stands, these are conversations I have had:
"What do you do?"
"I'm a writer."
"What do you write?"
"Well, I used to write short stories, then I wrote children's television and now I write fiction."
"What kind?"
"I've heard my books described as 'chick lit' or 'women's fiction', but I just like to say I write fiction."
"What's 'chick lit?'
"A term someone came up with."
"Definitely not me..."

Wouldn't it be easier as:
"What do you do?" 
"I'm a writer."
"What do you write?"

Because at the end of the day, isn't that what they all are? The play, TV shows, books, even the journals - stories written from the heart through the hand.


Melissa Clark writes stories.


  1. Ooh, I'm totally using that from now on! Have had the above conversation about chick lit too many times to mention!!

  2. I love this, Melissa! What a great answer.

  3. Yes, I have had these awkward conversations so many times. And in the end, it is simply storytelling...