Specialization Versus Versatility

So, my writer friends, I'm curious as to what genre you write. Do you write in one genre or do you experiment?

I myself write pretty much solely literary fiction. I have never written and never plan to write anything in the following: young adult, harlequin romance, fantasy, or historical. They are just not my thing, you know.

But lately I've been thinking about trying out a new genre, just writing a short story to get a little taste. I'm always up for a new adventure. A couple of years ago, I started writing a sort of science fiction romance story (time travel, not aliens, and true love, not erotica) but I didn't get very far. It seemed promising, but the thick plot with all that time travel was too much for me at the time. I am definitely going to work on it and finish it because I think my idea is brilliant (modest, I know) but probably not any time soon.

That's the only place I've gone outside of literary fiction, and it wasn't that far of a journey. What I'm really trying to say here is that genre really doesn't matter much to me when I write, or when I read for that matter (although I'm really not a fan of fantasy). I write whatever I feel like writing and don't try to define it until I'm done.

It just happens to almost always turn out to be literary...

Peace, Aimee

11 comments:

  1. At least you know what you like, and are good at, and what you don't. I write historical romance and love it. I also dabble in women's romantic fiction. I have one category romance half-way done, but I've always wanted to chuck the category and turn it into contemporary romance.

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  2. Anne's right--it's good to know your strengths.

    Haha it sounds like we're opposites: I find it hard to write literary fiction, but fantasy is a lot easier for me (though I still find lit. fiction nice to read on occasion).

    I suppose I'd be an experimenter, which probably springs from my position as a "pantser." If I want to try something out, I jump right in rather than stepping back and thinking about it. This means I run a greater risk of writing myself into corners, but it's a lot of fun to make discoveries alongside my characters rather than before them.

    But I'm getting slightly off-topic. Yes, I'm an experimenter, and it's served my recent WIP rather well, turning it from full fantasy into fantasy with a slightly sci-fi-ish touch. Nothing quite like finding scientific explanations for psychic phenomena, and I rather enjoy the challenge.

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  3. So far I have only written YA but my mind constantly churns through all kinds of possibilities. I would love to delve into a historical romance (not erotica either) one of these days.

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  4. Aimee, Aimee, Aimee,

    Fantasy is fantastic. Especially the way I write it.

    I've also written a couple plays, (comedies)some song lyrics, (country) and some short stories.

    I have a sci-fi started but mostly I write fantasy. Brilliantly.

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  5. Women's fiction all the way. I seem to straddle the line between commercial and literary. I am pretty happy staying with just that. My husband however, loves experimenting with his writing and has varied interests. We laugh and call it his "Gemini nature".

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  6. To each their own, I say. I'm glad that some people like to read and write fantasy and women's fiction — diversity is wonderful — but those genres just aren't my thing. :)

    Thanks for the comments everyone, and good luck writing!

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  7. Stick with what comes naturally. It's great to try new things, but if it doesn't feel right, don't try to push it. You're a very talented writer. Best of luck with your projects!

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  8. I've written one historical fiction light on the history or fantasy light on the fantasy and I'm currently writing a YA contemporary. I have ideas for various genres in YA (contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, fantasy) as well as one literary new adult and I want to write a political fantasy if I could plot the thing. I'm pretty much all over the place which probably isn't surprising since I'm branching out with my reading this year. I think YA is going to be the broad umbrella I focus on.
    - Sophia.

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  9. I agree with you, Sylvia, just write what you feel like writing.

    Don't say you're going to write in a specific genre and never leave it, even if you have an idea for something new. Just write whatever you want and don't care what people define it as! :)

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  10. I'm the same as you. I love to read and write literary fiction. It's hard for me to step out of that niche. But I could see myself writing romance at some point in time too!

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