I don’t want to be stuck writing the same thing forever and ever. So for me, the thing I write most often is YA: books and stories for teens and young adults. And I love it, it’s great. I have 3 new ones I want to write before Easter (novelettes and novellas, not full length novels. I’m not that crazy). But… I don’t want to be stuck writing YA for always.
I want to write historical fiction (which, actually, I’ve written a lot of short stories for. I just haven’t branched beyond that) and Western, sci-fi and fantasy, romance and even detective stories if I can work out a decent mystery.
I want to branch out, but to be honest I am absolutely terrified I will turn out to be rubbish at a genre I love. Which would suck. Understandably.
So although I’m experimenting in new genres, such as Western and detective (with one very massive failure in that department), I’m still not happy. I write best in YA. What if my future endeavours mean I only get to write in YA? What if that’s because I suck at everything else?
So many what if questions, and most of them are about my future, what I am instinctively good at etc. It’s hard and it’s TERRIFYING.
I guess I can try and work in these genres now so I might be better when I’m older and that’s probably the only thing I can do. I know you’ve gotta work at something – for a long time as well – if you want to be good at it, so I may as well get started!
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