How can you know yourself if a piece of writing in a new genre you are exploring is good or not? When there few examples to compare with? Be an originator rather than a follower?
Not getting published is not the quality of my work. That is a big understanding, because I realize the work itself is not the issue. This understanding can liberate inadequacy with my work. Whenever the publisher says, in a rejection letter, “best wishes placing this elsewhere” is meaning the piece did not suit or fit them, quite literally. It is about the publisher’s requirements.
A new genre itself is the gaining of an opportunity or not.
Engaging with art can be about our feelings.
In that vein, I found I was hankering after something inspirational as I was listening to a new jazz album. I kind of pride of myself that I’ve got the inspiration I need so I can take anything. But there was something uplifting about this jazz music, as if I needed it. Maybe because a lot of music I have been listening to is instinctual rather than what elevates the mind. Jazz this way seemed to do the trick.
Then, I felt inspired to uncover the media I am familiar with. What of it is inspirational? Or is even like it? This, for another day…I hazard a guess that there are a few media things that are inspirational. Then, I thought that one can bring to media a whole raft of different feels, from thrills to inspiration. In writing something, be that a book, a movie, a song, what does a writer want their reader/viewer/listener to feel? And how does one do this? Can the sender of the art design feelings in the receiver of the art? Or is it all a pot luck kind of thing?
I think a writer must be aware of what they are sending so that they communicate the message they intend to, but to fine tune that message to cause the receiver to feel something particular is a tricky and perhaps difficult art, to get it precise. Some things intended may not be received as such. The trick is making it work and then ask yourself, why do I want this person to feel something this way? It’s kind of scary, really, playing with feelings. But in the end, the audience is the end receiver, so ‘feeling’ art is very subjective.
What’s natural for me to write about or give a message on may not be natural to a hearer of mine. Circa 2001. All those years ago…Selection of material at whim, or selection of material by design is the lesson.