Apr 30

X is for Xenogamy

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.

3 comments

  1. I have so many ideas in so many different genres. I don’t think I could ever commit to just one. And some of my favorite books are cross-genre. I like to just write what comes to me and worry about genre later. 🙂

    1. Ditto, the ideas just come flying at me and I have to let them have their own way. A lot of them can’t be forced into the horror genre…no matter how much I want them to change.

  2. I am amazed at how non-genre specific I actually am! Well, when it comes to short stories any way.

    This is usually because I am writing to spec. But I do find that some of the darker side of humanity shines through (I have only written one story that is all laughter and light).

    Once again, good advice.

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