If you’ve been around this blog or seen me on Twitter or even just spoken to me, you’d know that I have no desire presently to be typecast. What that means is, I don’t particularly want to stick to any one genre. I know that unfortunately makes it hard to ‘brand’ myself, you know, as that crime writer guy or that horror dude. But the truth is, I just have too much ambition and dreams to write in so many different genres that for the foreseeable future I can’t be tied down to just one. My debut novel, The Sorrow, was a crime thriller, and that genre just resonated with me as my first venture into actually writing a book. However, the future is looking quite colourful and diversified indeed.
Presently thanks to the incredible app Evernote, which has really been one of the greatest revelations to me as a writer, I have just over twenty book ideas stored away, with two in the works at the moment. Hopefully that keeps me occupied for the next ten years or so. I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of the genres I currently wish to write in, and hold it as a record for myself as well. Perhaps one day in the future I can look back at this post and tick off all the genres in the list, and say that I did it. That would certainly be a goal of mine.
Below you’ll find a list of the genres I currently dream to write in, and have ideas in:
- Crime Thriller
- Psychological Thriller (my next novel, The Black Glass Killer)
- Romance Drama
- Drama (more on the tragic side)
- Children’s Fiction
I could only write in a genre if I have a passion for the story I’ve created in it. If I feel I have something to offer said genre. That said, I do sincerely wish to challenge myself and not get stuck in a rut. I don’t want to write sequels unless I absolutely believe its for the right creative reasons, and I don’t want to churn out similar books in the same genre to the point that I become stale or stop pushing my capabilities and broadening my brain. I’m sure you can see I’m a bit of a whack-job, but truthfully it’s just the way I am and I’m a bit over zealous right now.
I don’t really point at a genre and say “I want to write in that one.” The only genre I’ve done that with is horror, because I have a passion for it and I dislike the way it’s done in cinema, as one of my earliest posts “A Horrifying Idea” explained. Rather I craft a story I want to tell, and then fit the genre around it once I have the premise or detailed plot, and I’m positive the genre fits it. I let the story tell me where it’s going to go, rather than create a story for a specific genre.
The great thing that I’ve come to learn is that there is no right or wrong in writing, there’s just creating good art. Hopefully anyone who is or becomes interested in my work over the next few years would enjoy my genre jumps. I honestly hope it becomes a trait that makes readers excited rather than puts them off, because for now I can’t shake the enthusiasm to create and explore different worlds with each story I tell. It’s really an exciting time ahead.
For now, however, all of my focus is on The Black Glass Killer, and delivering what I hope will be my voice as a writer.