In a discussion recently, a question was asked that caught my attention:
Should a writer stick to one genre or is ok to write in multiple ones?
My direct answer was that they can write whatever they feel like writing. Why should a writer be stuck to one genre just because it happens to be the one they wrote their first book on?
I have heard and read many articles from professional authors and others who say that a writer should stick to what they know, to stay in one genre and write that well. And that makes sense, the more you write in one thing, presumably, the better you will get.
But what if your creativity doesn’t want to always stay in, for example, fantasy? What if your mind suddenly bursts with ideas for a romping good tale about astronauts in another galaxy? Should you forget it altogether because that’s sci-fi and you wrote a fantasy book last time? Of course not! If sci-fi is where you want to head next, then sci-fi is exactly where you should go.
If we always think that we must stick to one genre then it puts up a barrier around our creativity. It’s a good thing to expand our horizons and test out new things, that includes writing in new fields.
I write romance (or attempt to!), but that is quite a broad genre as romance isn’t one thing it usually has to go with something else e.g. Paranormal romance, historical romance etc.
But although my head tends to think in love stories, they span a wide range of settings, times and characters. Not once when I began my writing life did I ever think that I would always have to limit myself to writing paranormal romance because that was what I chose first.
It was also really nice to see that people agreed with my comments. Everyone encouraged this writer to write in whatever field she wanted to, because that was obviously where her creativity wanted her to go to next.
I also understand that some people only write in one genre, and that their minds just happen to like writing like that. There’s nothing wrong with that at all either. In fact I am in awe of those people to have such focused minds! Mine jumps about from one setting to another faster than I blink.
In the end, it’s up to the writer what they write. Don’t be put off by people telling you that the famous writers always write in one genre only. On the other hand, if someone tells you that you should try writing something different if you only want to write in a single genre, ignore them.
Writing is about getting out what you love, no matter where that story may be set or what that article is about.
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How do you feel about crossing genres as a writer? Do you do it? Or do you like to stick to one?