FOR THE LOVE OF GENRE
Anyone who has been writing for children for any length of time knows that folks have a tendency to see writers for children as dabblers and writers for adults as real writers. In fact, many children’s writers have flatly been asked when they’re going to do a real book. And within children’s writing, book authors are definitely given more respect than magazine writers. And if you write books, well, writing the more action-oriented, plot-driven genre are definitely seen as less valuable than the character-driven, deeply emotional novels. But like any class system, this one is unfair, and just because other people have bought into it, doesn’t mean we have to. Let’s look more closely at our love of genre in this week’s episode.