As a writer I have found that it can be very easy to pigeonhole myself into one particular genre. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, most writers have one very specific area they excel at, but I never wanted to be like that. I’ve always wanted to be able to write all sorts of different stories, to put myself out there even if I don’t feel entirely comfortable. It’s hard though, I can admit that, to be able to pull that off with any sort of finesse. I admire those who are able to cross genre lines easily, and I wish very much to be amongst their ranks.

My writing usually tends to lean towards young adult, which is fine because those are the books I prefer to read. I find that young adult books are more honest and raw than a lot of “adult” novels tend to be, and anyway I like what I like so what can you do? I also tend to write things that are, at best, mildly depressing and not quite romantic but riding a very fine line in that direction.

I have always been interested though in trying to write horror novels, since those are also books I very much love to read. I became a constant reader of Stephen King at a very young age, and it just snowballed from there. I have recently come up with a few ideas for horror type novels, and I’m finishing the initial planning stages and starting to get into the realm of finally writing them.

It is honestly pretty scary.

The act of writing them, I mean. The scare factor of the future books is yet to be seen.

I first attempted to write a horror novel during NaNoWriMo a few years ago, and gave up about midway through out of frustration. It wasn’t that the idea wasn’t there, it was just that I couldn’t seem to get it come out to my satisfaction. I also went in blind without much to go on, which was a huge mistake on my part.

I have since learned from that mistake, believe me. I’m more interested these days in fleshing out an outline for the story to follow, where I put my ideas into a sequence by chapter and therefore have something to work from. I find I do better that way rather than flying blind, though things are subject to change with my varying whims. It’s still better than nothing, and I’m much more productive in that regard.

I just hope that my outlining needs and my desire to write something out of my “norm” works out for me at least marginally. I don’t want to contain my creativity in a box it can’t escape from, though I do like the things I have written as of late. I want to branch out, to see what I am capable of. If it doesn’t work out, well, that is okay too. I at least know then, and I don’t have to keep wondering what I might have done.

Do you guys ever feel like that? Like you’ve trapped yourself in a box you can’t get out of? Have you broken the cycle? Did it work out for you?

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