Most writers have accustomed themselves to writing in one genre and sticking to it. While this is a proven system, it’s not the only way for emerging novelists to make a name for themselves.
Writing can be an ungrateful occupation: you can write for weeks, months, and years with little or no reward for your efforts. Like most writing books say, it is a “labor of love”. But taking the plunge into different genres isn’t as risky as you may think.
Let me give you an example. Say you like writing historical fiction and after a novel or two you feel that you’re not making any headway with building an audience, you could start a new book. Perhaps a standalone work from a similar genre fiction category (historical romance) and see where that takes you.
I’ve diversified myself as an author and feel that it’s a great way to stay fresh and not put pressure on myself or my writing output. I would think that for someone like me, who loves the written word, this is a great way to stay in touch with your muse, while taking on different-themed projects.
So don’t be afraid to test the waters. If that book of yours isn’t gaining any momentum do your research on similar genres and see if you can branch out. I’m not implying you become a hack, but if you can apply your creativity to something different, you can take your writing to a whole new level.
Who wouldn’t want that?
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.