Thoughts on Writing Novels
I have given a lot of thought to writing novels but when I try to write a novel I end up hating what I've written. For example, I'll plan the outline, lay out the beats, and develop the characters. Then I start writing and get about 5,000 words in when I realize I hate the story.
I don't understand why I do this. I tried writing a young adult novel years ago. Recently I tried a romance novel and a creature-feature erotic thriller, both ended up in the digital dustbin.
I think my problem has to do with writing fiction as opposed to reading fiction. I love reading a good story whether it's real or not. However, I can only write from a non-fiction standpoint. I can do essays, memoirs, and the occasional creative non-fiction story.
Perhaps I should just focus on what I do best and explore those genres because my writing just pours out of me when I stick in those lanes.