Speculative fiction sets me free

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
OPTIONAL IWSG QUESTION: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

MY ANSWER: I mostly write speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, and occasionally magic realism. I like it because speculative fiction provides an escape from reality. It sets me free.

When I write speculative fiction, I immerse myself in my own imagination. I reinvent myself as a heroic princess or a modern witch or a shy dragon. I can have magic. I can travel on a spaceship or have a neighbor who is a fairy. I can even follow the antics of a telepathic squirrel.

Like dreams, speculative fiction allows me to be what I’m not, where I’m not, without complying with the rules of science. I can disregard the historical facts of medieval Europe or the limitations of physics and invent any details I wish. If I want to have an interstellar music competition, I can. If I want to have a walled elven district in my city, I can. If I want to have giant, carnivorous butterflies rampaging the Canadian north, I can too. Nobody could gainsay me: it is my world – my creation – after all, and reality has no place in it.

In my world, I take outrageous risks alongside my characters. I have extravagant adventures and achieve marvelous victories together with them. And through my characters, I can always say what I might never dare to say in real life: to my friends and my enemies

What about you?



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22 Responses to Speculative fiction sets me free

  1. Misha says:

    I also enjoy the freedom I can give my imagination as I write speculative fiction. 🙂

  2. patgarcia says:

    The freedom you experience in Speculative fiction mirrors the freedom I feel when I cross genre and use the elements in other genres and adapt them to my world.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  3. spunkonastick says:

    Our characters can do things we’d never dare.

  4. I love writing fantasy for the same reasons as you. I always long for it all to be real.

  5. I’ve heard that the mosquitoes are huge in Canada, but no one’s ever warned me about the giant, carnivorous butterflies! Better pack some heavy-duty bug repellent before visiting your world! Good article. You have a rich imagination.

  6. Loni Townsend says:

    I love becoming part of the story and immersing myself as if I was there. That’s the most exciting part of about spec fic!

  7. Juneta says:

    In my imagination, I can be and do anything, everything is possible. I love that about imagination. Great post.

  8. Well now that you put it that way, maybe I should write more spec fic as well. 🙂

  9. That’s why I write in the genre. I’ll never board a space ship but in my stories, I can command them.

  10. I love extravagant adventures. They always carry me away and rejuvenate my mind. It needs that frequently.

  11. emaginette says:

    I find freedom there as well. A great place to visit. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  12. Donna Hole says:

    I love reading good fantasy. I’m a fan of witch’s who do not suffer terrible pain and psychosis just for using their gifts and talents. Unless they are evil witch’s, lol. I also immerse myself into my characters and world when writing. its the only way to make it come alive for the reader. I very much enjoyed the books I’ve read that you have written. I wish I had time to read more; sadly lately all I’ve been “reading” have been audio books on the long drives.

  13. Yes! All that exploration and wearing a different skin are wonderful parts of speculative fiction.

  14. Angela Wooldridge says:

    Your worlds sound awesome! Carnivorous butterflies to shy dragons – spec fic is great isn’t it?!

  15. Wow, you have quite the imagination which is super-handy for a writer!

  16. Is it weird that I really like the idea of giant carnivorous butterflies? 😮

  17. cheriereich says:

    Well, let’s just hope the giant carnivorous butterflies stay within the realms of imagination. I love speculative fiction. It’s so much fun.

  18. Yes outrageous risks by antagonists and protagonists are vital to the success of a story. I have mine doing all kinds of crazy stuff they otherwise would never dream of doing.

  19. Victoria Marie Lees says:

    Creating any fictitious world can be challenging and freeing at the same time. Thanks so much for sharing this with your followers. I’ve followed your blog and will be sure I’m connected with you online. All best, Olga!

  20. Olga, you have an amazing imagination! 🙂
    The speculative fiction writers seem to have the most fun!
    Writer In Transit

  21. Extravagance, fantasy, more than fiction. You’re a great writer, you’ve proven that!

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