I know a few writers that shudder at the thought of taking on multiple genres or trying something new…thankfully I’m not one of them and I can embrace the thought of cross pollination within my work. I’m quite happy to accept that as much as I like one particular genre I can’t help but submit to the pressure of ‘different’ stories attacking my brain and tickling my synapses.
There are writers out there that come up with new ideas and strive to add elements of horror or comedy – or whatever genre they concentrate on – in order to ‘bring them in line’ with their way of working…silly, silly writers. All they’re doing is stifling good ideas by forcing random conventions upon them.
You need to accept that as a budding author flashes of inspiration will come without warning, they’ll arrive in strange formats unfamiliar to you. Because they don’t fit neatly into the nice little boxes of ‘genre’ fiction that you have arranged on your desk you might be tempted to ignore them…but don’t.
Take these seemingly random ideas and explore them…mix them the familiar but only if they cry out to be cross pollinated, otherwise take them as what they are – unfamiliar ideas that may or may not work…
Give it a try…see what comes of it.