What is “Unique?”
My trusty Visual Thesaurus program has a bit to say on the subject.
The thesaurus on my Scrivener program breaks “unique” down into three specific areas:
(Peculiar. What a wonderful word! I’m going to have to use it in Darkstone somehow.)
The whole point of this post is to discuss my uniqueness as a writer. (And this blog is all about me, you know.)
And I don’t mean peculiar (though some folks certainly wear their freak flag well, don’t they?)
Another word for people is “individuals.” And isn’t being unique, one of a kind, also a single individual? (Makes sense to me.)
There’s an old Emo Phillips comedy sketch where he discusses religion. He meets a man on a bridge and neither wishes to make room for the other to pass, so they begin to narrow down their choices:
“He said, ‘Well, I’m a Baptist.’ And I said, “Ha! I’m a Baptist, too!’ What a small world!”
It takes several back and forths between the two before they find the one point of scripture they disagree with, and then Emo delivers the punchline.
My point, vague as it may be, is that everyone is unique. Every person is distinctive. It might take some time to locate the differences between people, but you can count on discovering it sooner or later.
(Just don’t push them off a bridge!)
So, I’m a unique person, and by extension I’m a unique writer.
(We’ve already established that I’m peculiar!)
I guess the question would be—
“How Am I Unique as a Writer?”
Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you.
To be honest, if it weren’t for readers pointing it to me out, I couldn’t tell you now.
Anyone who’s read more than one or two of my books, however, has a pretty good idea what makes my writing noteworthy, different, unusual.
I’ve heard it mentioned multiple times over the years, as early as those long distant Bard Brunches at the Pasadena Xena Conventions. (And I’d only been writing for about a year then.)
See what I mean?
There’s a basic formula to follow when writing romance, even LGBT compared to heterosexual.
Girl meets girl, trouble ensues, girl loses girl, girl makes changes and eventually wins girl forever, happy ending.
That method seldom varies, though the happy ending can be swapped out for a sad one. (Consider the popularity of “The Notebook,” for instance.)
While you can boil all my novels down into that convention, my readers never seem to know what they’re going to get when they pick up a book.
Broken Trails vs. Warlord Metal – A contemporary romance that spans months and a thousand mile dog sled race versus one full of sex, drugs, rock & roll with a bold examination of child abuse and addiction issues.
On Azrael’s Wings vs. Sanguire: The Strange Path – One a low fantasy about a “pleasant” woman nicknamed the King’s Butcher versus a teenaged street kid coming to the realization that she’s the second coming of an ancient despot.
Tiopa Ki Lakota vs. Lichii Ba’Cho – American Indians abound in both, but one is a serious and sweet historical romance from the mid-18th century and the other a futuristic cyberpunk action adventure with motorcycles and cybernetic implants.
I never seem to write the same book twice.
I’m often asked, “What genre do you write it?”
When I say lesbian romance, the answer is waved aside. “No, I know that. But what genre within the lesbian romance field?”
I can only scratch my head. “All of ’em.”
(All right, maybe not all of them. But I do tend to splatter across the sub-genres. You can’t argue that!)
I blame my flightiness on my parents and my wife.
See, they’re all Geminis…UGH!
What’s a poor little Taurus bull to do when surrounding by these multiple personalities? I had to conform to survive!
(That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
How are YOU Unique?
Whether you write or not, something makes you one-of-a-kind.
(Or, as my Gemini mother taught me, “The world needs more ‘niques!”)
You have a talent, a way of looking at the world, a gift… What is it?
Comment below! Share with the rest of us! Let your freak flag fly!
Today’s post was inspired by the Merry-go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We’ve gathered several writers from amateur to professional, and we discuss one topic each month. If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and how their writing year went, check out the rest of the tour! On the 12th, the entry was by Bonnie R. Schutzman. Tomorrow, see what Alex F. Fayle has to say on the matter! Happy reading!