Now, it’s been far too long since I’ve updated my blog. I feel like an absent parent but I’m pretty sure my tenuous excuse may cut it… ‘may’ being the apt word.
I’ve finally placed the finishing touches on my move from Tasmania to Sydney. With a place to live and secure job checked off the list, the only thing to do was get back into a semi scheduled writing routine, which, I certainly have done. Over the last few days I’ve gotten 5 thousand words down of a Christmas horror story I’ve been writing in the hope someone picks it up. It should be finished in the next few days.
Who doesn’t love a little horror and gore during the holiday season (o:
A little success came my way also with two more short stories accepted for publishing with Horrified Press. Both are horror as you would guess given the name of the publishing house. This got me thinking though, that maybe I should focus more on one particular genre being horror rather than spreading my writing across several. I’ve had short stories published from other genre’s but my main success seems to be horror. I enjoy getting a story down in words and then defining where it stands in regards to genre afterward but is this the best way to go?
Some writers can bounce around between genres without loss of writing or story quality while others simply can’t or won’t. Is this due to their ability or external factor from publishing houses, agents, market demand or the writers publicly perceived brand? Great writers such as Stephen King, Bill Bryson, Iain Banks and Matthew Reilly for example have written in multiple genres and pulled it off. They are big names so can probably use their success to garner more autonomy with regards to what they write within the industry as well as wear a terrible book or short story without much detriment to their careers. They can use their craft to tell various stories very well but is this the way to go for other writers or writers at the start of their writing careers?
Let me know what you think? Do you agree that you should write whatever you wish regardless of genre or should you stick to a particular one? Is it a two sided debate or are there shades of gray?