I’ve been reading a lot of advice posts (which are for the most part helpful) from other authors—mostly who are romance authors—that tell me not to stray from one genre. Stick to what I know, stick to the fan base I have built, etc.
I don’t want to write just one thing. I don’t want to be pigeonholed into writing one genre, one story, a singular type of fiction and nothing else. That’s boring. But, I don’t want to lose the voice I’ve barely just found.
Why? I mean, why can’t I write more than one type of story without losing my voice? I’m still the writer, that story is still from my thoughts, my personality, of my being. Is it completely necessary for career longevity for me to only write New Adult romance novels about drag racing bad boys with a few sultry love scenes?
Hell, I don’t even have a career—yet. My debut release has been out less than a month (I have two more coming, the second book of that series as well as a Cowboy novella). Suddenly, I’m surrounded by well to do authors (published and unpublished alike) telling me I should only write one thing.
For the most part—I’m calling bullshit.
Sure, I have plans to continue the Arkadia Fast series through for several books (for sure four, but am considering up to seven of them). I’ve also got plans for an entirely different New Adult series (surrounding a more classic college campus/scene).
I mentioned I’ve already written a Cowboy/Western Contemporary romance novella.
Holy shit, I’m a brand-new author who just strayed from her chosen type of romance genre. This is it folks, the ship has barely set sail and it’s sinking fast! Snorts. Not likely, I have no plans of just giving up like that. I doubt any of us do. I have, however, come across two posts that I can jive with and would like to share.
This one, from JA Huss (http://jahuss.com/top-5-tips-finding-your-fans-by-ja-huss/) has some pretty solid stuff about not letting down your fans, keep writing the type of things that brought them to you. Don’t go throwing lipstick on a pig and calling it a politician. The entire post is worth a read, she’s got some great advice for new authors like me (all said with a refreshing voice and attitude).
I have ideas for other New Adult series. I don’t plan on no longer writing that type of story—I just have plans to write others too.
Like a PNR about a Coven of witches that live on an island on the coast of South Carolina; a boot wearing, ass kicking, lady PI (an homage to my Godmother); a laundry list of Urban Fantasy ideas; the Rom/Susp I’ve almost finished—the list goes on and on and on and on…
Thankfully, Chuck Wendig has given me faith in my abilities and a completely different (from what I’ve been reading) take on the entire thought process of writing different genres. (Actually, he has a TON of good advice which you can find here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/05/16/a-hot-steaming-sack-of-business-advice-for-writers/): “Do it all, if you want to, if you can. If one door closes, you’ve carved out other tunnels through which you may move.”
I’m gonna take Chuck’s advice and do it all, see what happens. I may have a different take of this topic in a few years. For now, I’m thinking I can write different stories—and keep my voice. That way I keep all my tunnels—I mean options—open.
What say you? This is actually a conversation I’d like to hear opposing thoughts on. Or perhaps I’ve had too much eggnog and not enough sleep. Either way, drop a comment.
Also, if you haven’t read my debut novel The Finish Line and wanted to know where to find it—you can do so here: http://bit.ly/2isppCm