We hear quite often that no matter what it is we do, we should find our niche and stick to it. I don’t see why writing would be considered any differently and have for that matter seen a couple of writers saying they only ever write within one genre. To this I ask: Where’s the fun in that?
I can of course see the argument for staying faithful to what you are good at and if your passion happens to sit firmly within one genre and one genre only then by all means immerse yourself in that world and write away – It’s just not something I could bring myself to do.
One of the first and most important things you will hear if you say you want to be a writer is that you should write the stories you want to read and that’s just it; there are so many things I love to read. One day I crave a dark and chilling thriller; the next a fantastical adventure, the next a murder mystery and the next a rib-splitting comedy. It is not necessarily that I will write in all of these specific areas but I wouldn’t only listen to one genre of music, nor would I only watch one genre of film, so why should I limit the spectrum of my possible writing opportunities?
There will definitely always be common threads that link my work, like conflict and human emotion, but due to the vast scale of genres that appeal to me as a reader, I could never restrict my own imagination to just one overarching subject area. The lure of other worlds would simply forever taunt me to visit them until I had no choice but to relent. Better yet, I believe that pushing ourselves beyond the realms of our previous ventures and trying new things not only breaks monotony and keeps the writing process fresh and exciting but it also flexes our creative muscles and increases the depth of our abilities. This is why I hope that throughout my life and career, I can be bold enough to push myself into taking paths that may not seem the easiest or most obvious.
What kind of reader/writer are you? Do you stick to one genre or do you like to dip your toe into unknown areas every now and then?