Writing in Different Genres

Two mindsets exist on the issue of writing in more than one genre. Some say that to be successful, you need to focus on only one area. In other words, don't go to school to be a brain surgeon and a lawyer at the same time. Or, to put it in writing terms, don't try to become the best suspense writer and the best romantic comedy writer at the same time. The reasoning is that by dividing your time, you are dividing your growth potential and chances of making it. These experts also argue that if the two projects have different tones, a writer can find it difficult to keep them from crossing over and being evident in each manuscript.

Others disagree and say that what you learn from one genre can help you be more successful in the other. With practice, a writer can learn to keep the right tone in the right book. Experts also point out that many writers who hit stumbling blocks and spend days not writing could actually be working on another project. And by working, a writer can reconnect with her creative juices, and return to her other manuscript.

If you are constantly jumping from one project to another without finishing them, you might ask why. Is it that your plots are not holding up? Is it that your characters are not defined enough? Find your problem, and fix it by taking a class or by reading a how-to book instead of automatically jumping into another book where you'll probably face the same issues.

Perhaps each romance author must discover what works best for her. But if you are stuck on one project, consider the idea of working on something different. Try something that will challenge you — something that may recharge your writing batteries.

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