So I'm posting from my phone today, as I've returned to the great hallowed halls of higher learning.
There's been a lot of debate going around the blogowebs recently about writers who write in more than one genre. I've been following this new sport with some interest as it's rather applicable to me. I would link to the other posts but I'm going to be a bad blogger and point my finger up there where it says I'm blogging from my phone today, and hope you'll forgive me.
Everyone who has already written on the subject has some great points. But I feel like I need to weigh in because I am in a unique position to do so: of the six novels I have done any amount of writing on (three complete, three in various stages of drafting/editing), none of them have been in the same genre.
*waits for you to pick up your jaw*
Now, see, this sort of thing seems perfectly rational to me. There's that old writing adage about reading what you write. Well, dang, I read EVERYTHING. My interests as a reader are far-spread, to say the least. I read for story, not genre, so any book that piques my interest will come home with me no matter who or what is inside.
I also read a lot (or at least I thought I did until I started hanging out with writers all the time). So, check-- I feel perfectly comfortable saying that I read what I write. And I write in the genre the story needs.
Next point: writing in multiple genres won't sell. Well, I have to admit having a serious advantage here in being an un-pubbed writer. It's true-- every time I hear of a well-known writer in one genre jumping to another, it just feels wrong. But sometimes it works. And I write because I love it, so unless there's a deadline saying I have to write something in particular over my head, I'm probably not not going to write an idea I have just because it doesn't fit with what I've already written. When sales are an issue, I'll reconsider.
In the meantime, I write the best stories I can until something sticks. To me, that "sticking" is another valid point-- writing in all these different genres is akin to me researching my strengths. Maybe I totally suck at commercial fiction but I'm not bad at YA. I'd be fine with that. But how would I know unless I tried both?
Even so, I can't promise that when something does stick I'll only ever write in that genre again. But I know enough about writing to know that right now, I am indulging myself because I can. Hopefully my stories will be able to find homes even if they don't all fit in the same box, but I'm willing to fill a certain box more than others if that's where my strength is, and keep the others a secret.
So there. Write what you want because you can. Even if no one else sees it, it still deserves to be written if you want to write it.
*All typos in this post are purely the fault of writing from my phone and having no time to spellcheck due to my next class starting right now. Sorry!