Writing in multiple genres is fine; and it happens to many of us, but figuring out what your main one or two are is important. As much as you might explore and take time to figure out what your favored type of writing is, this will eventually become your foundation. Having one will help you grow stronger and also encourage you to experiment more. The fact that many genres have ramifications and ties to others also encourages you to explore without necessarily jumping into something totally different from what you are familiar with.
My deep interest in Science Fiction, whether when I analyze media universes in my nonfiction and academic endeavors, or when I create my own stories, has been mine for many years. From there, I have expanded into Fan Communities and Gender Studies in nonfiction and in Fantasy in fiction. Gravitating back to my foundation and growing stronger in it has helped me tremendously over the years.
You shouldn’t pick a genre just because you think it will sell better. Trying a genre out because you are curious about it or feel any sort of inclination towards it can be a great experience. Forcing yourself to do it because you hope it will sell better when you have no interest whatsoever (or even repulsion) at the thought of delving into it, shouldn’t be considered. Writing is hard work enough when you have passion, so when all about it is a chore, it doesn’t make for a rewarding experience.
What about you?
- Do you have a favorite genre or two?
- Can you imagine new developments branching out thanks to them?
- If you don’t have a favorite genre to write in yet, what genres do you feel most drawn to as a reader or viewer?