Earlier this week Heather wrote a great post on Reading Your Genre. Heather say’s, “You don't have to write what sells, you can still write what's in your heart, but you must know what is selling. Knowledge is power.” She couldn’t be more right.
And then there are those of us—I can’t be the only one—that read many different genres.
The reasons are many why we should read our genre, and Heather validates them all in her post. But there are benefits of delving into other genres, too... besides being fun.
I’ve realized that when I read one author, one style, one genre, I can’t help it… but sometimes their favorite words and the tempo sneaks into my writing. Mixing it up, helps me to find my own voice, or a unique voice. YA, comedy, romance, thrillers, memoirs, etc., all together create a unique flavor. If I pick up something I love in a YA, or romance novel, and then sneak it into my thriller, the thriller reader says, “Wow, how fresh. I haven’t read that before!”
I attribute my diverse way of thinking to the core meaning of diversity— Taking the best from all cultures, and coming up with something unique and fresh. It’s all about thinking outside the box. And yes, you need to know the “rules” of your genre. But then I say… break them just a little, you might be surprised at the results.
But when the agents want comparables…read what Heather has to say by clicking here.
Enjoy the Journey!