I promise this will be a short post.
A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a Twitter chat session. Somehow, I got off tangent with the thread and talked about writing and reading in different genres. Because I hadn’t read other genres, I couldn’t write in other genres. But the moderator suggested I try flash fiction. Get a feel for writing in other genres, see if I like it. I still had my hesitations, but then a friend on Twitter told me that there are no set rules in genre fiction; at the core is character development.
So I thought, “Why not? It couldn’t hurt. It wasn’t as if no one would see it.” I researched a prompt on a Pinterest board–a science fiction prompt–and went from there. It took between thirty minutes to an hour to write. (I was writing during breaks and between customers.) I read it through and was pretty happy with it. I emailed the same Twitter friend who offered the advice. She liked it. A few days later, I wrote another piece. This one geared in the fantasy genre. No one’s seen that one, but I’m debating posting it. And this past weekend, I wrote another one in the same universe as my first story.
So, that what’s happened the past couple of weeks. It’s been fun writing in different genres. I even started looking up science fiction books to read, since that’s a particular genre of choice for male readers (more on that another time). I’ve also looked up fantasy books since I wrote that micro story. I bought a book called Red Rising. It looks interesting. A friend of mine recommended it. We’ll see, after I finish another book.
Being a good writer means writing and reading things in and out of your comfort zone. Before, it was merely thought. Now, it’s starting to become reality.