A question from one of the recent #authorconfessions asked, “Why did you choose your genre?” At the time I said I chose urban fantasy for House Valerius because it was what seemed to fit best. But it did get me thinking…
I know I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, but I think what I’m about to say might well be true for others as well. And that’s the genres we like to read are the ones we find easier to write. I realize that’s a huge oversimplification; especially with all the genre blending possible. But I do think there an element of truth to it.
Most of the genes that I’ve had a go at, whether it’s science fiction, fantasy or whatever else, have bee ones that I have some history in reading. So far I’d say that the closest I’ve come, has been when I tried to write a horror story, since I wouldn’t say I’ve read a lot of horror books. But, for the genres I don’t typically read, romance, comedy; I’m not sure I’d even know where to start. Not that I’d completely run out trying to, but I’m fairly sure I’d have a lot more difficulty with it.(Not that the others come that easy either). Which does give me pause when it comes to certain plot lines in A House Divided.
Curiously enough, one genre that I’ve read a lot but have never tried writing (at least as far as I recall) is any kind of superhero type of stores. Neither fanfiction or original work. I’m not sure why that is. True, those are normally very visual but I have been told that I can be a visual writer. Or least, I think I have.
Of course, there’s nothing to say you can’t try crossing genres and mixing in some of what you’re comfortable with, with something new you want to try. After all, the main limitations on what we want to write are in our heads.