I feel like I owe the genre of romantic comedy an explanation as I am not currently writing stories from it and I have no intention of returning just yet.
Admitting you cannot commit to a genre because you have urges to write stories from other genres can be tough, especially when those around you believe you should be staying true to your genre roots.
I didn’t make a conscious decision to write stories from other genres. I wasn’t looking for stories from other genres. Some characters turned up inside my head one day and persuaded me to follow them.
We’re not married to our genres so why do we sometimes feel obliged to only write stories from them?
I know quite a few good writers and authors who have stuck to their genre and remained devoted. I admire them for this.
However, I want to go explore other things which may or may not work out. I also feel like I currently have the freedom to do this as I am not committed to a book deal, agent or a self publishing journey.
If I am honest the last few romantic comedies I’ve written have not filled me up inside and have left me with an empty feeling.
Eighteen months ago I wrote something different after getting some creative urges. The beta reader consensus was I should have stuck to romantic comedy. I struggled with this and reluctantly crept back into the arms of romantic comedy.
Now those urges to write something different have returned and they are not going away.
It’s not like I haven’t made any progress with the romantic comedy genre, I had two full manuscript requests, a lot of rejections and an interesting time on Wattpad.
I will probably return to romantic comedy and when I do I will commit to it 100% but for now I need to explore other things.
I have talked before on previous blog posts about currently feeling like a teenager when it comes to writing. It is all about rebellion at the moment for me and trying new things. I hope the genre of romantic comedy understands that I need to get something out of my system.
So, how do you survive admitting you are not ready to commit to one genre?
- Remind yourself, like I am doing regularly, that this writing lark is a journey and the road you are travelling on will contain bumps, holes, downhill thrills, upward climbs and detours.
- Your journey has an undefined destination. You might end up writing something completely different in a couple of years time and you might never return to what you originally knew. Our writing destinations change all the time.
- Sometimes you have to stop and listen to your creative urges. They are trying to tell you something. It might not be important and could very well lead to a dead end but at least you followed them. What I have learned is that the nagging voices only return if you choose to ignore them.
- Write for you, not for others. Write what you want to write. This writing lark is hard enough without bringing other people’s wishes into the mix.
Are you staying loyal to your genre or are you playing the genre field?
Keep writing all x