IWSG 97: What Wouldn’t I Write?


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What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

A while back, I discovered I was a speculative fiction writer. It was a bit of a shock and I resisted. Only because I’ve never labeled myself before. I don’t think genre when I start with a premise. I think… what if…

Hence the speculation.

So the question leaves me wondering, what wouldn’t I write about?

I don’t know.

Maybe I’ll discover the answer by reading all the other posts this month.

Now, a question for you

Do you always write in the same genre or are you covered by an umbrella too?


41 responses to “IWSG 97: What Wouldn’t I Write?

  1. Definitely an umbrella. I’d argue that the best stories have a bit of everything: mystery, romance, comedy, fantasy, suspense, etc.

  2. So interesting how you discovered you could write speculative fiction. I’ve only written in the fantasy genre, but I’d like to write a mystery soon.

  3. I’ve written in several genres and am enjoying paranormal romance right now.

  4. To stretch myself, I wrote a mystery novella, no fantasy at all. I do not think I could write pornography at all!

  5. Early on, I wrote all kinds of stories, and I’m still open to writing all kinds of stories. That is, if my dark and creepy imagination will let me. 🙂

  6. I write the same genre. I’m a contemporary romance writer. I’ve thought about branching out under the romance umbrella to do maybe a PNR or something, but so far I stick to what I’m comfortable with.

  7. Hi,
    I write as my story leads me. I’m a plotter/pantser, a mix of both and I leave myself open to receive new twists in my stories.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  8. It will be fun to experiment and find out what you can and can’t write–or what you enjoy writing and what you don’t!

  9. I write anything connected to suspense. I think of my 2nd novel as touching upon horror because it scared me to write it and there is a dark quality. But there’s a dark quality to everything I write. It did take me 3 mss to realize all my books centre around the child-parent conflict. That surprised me. Happy IWSG Day, Anna.

  10. I’ve always been a fantasy girl, but speculative fiction does cover most of what I write. It’s fun to try out different genres and see what you enjoy, and what you don’t. I’ve done that… and I found I suck at writing murder mysteries, but I didn’t hate it!

  11. I mostly write speculative fiction. But I tried a romance once. And a contemporary women’s fiction. And journalism. And memoirs (essays). Every new genre I’ve ever tried added some valuable experience.

  12. Yes, I know what you mean. It took me a long time to label myself too. But, then, that might be because when I first started submitting to publishers and agents in the 80’s I was told fantasy fiction doesn’t sell, so I tried to distance myself from the genre. To no avail, I might add!

  13. I stick to the same genre. I enjoy reading broadly, but when I write I really only want to write one thing.

  14. This is one of my favorite genres to read. I like the infinite possibilities it can bring about.

  15. Speculative is definitely a fun genre to write!

  16. Never say never, huh? Maybe it’s more accurate to say “I haven’t written X (yet)” than “I don’t write X.” @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  17. I write whatever I want to write and I don’t fit neatly into any box. I also enjoy subplots. I’ve discovered that I’m better off creating fix-up novels than trying to write a novel with a singular, linear plot.

  18. mlouisebarbourfundyblue

    Hi, Anna! I write the story that wants to come out of me, and I go where it takes me. I don’t worry about genre so much. I hope the rest of September is a creative time for you!

  19. I love writing in multiple genres! Short stories are great for that–you can experiment with a new genre without making a huge commitment. I’d say all my stories contain an element of suspense, regardless of genre.

    As others have said, I love stories that blend elements of multiple genres–romance, mystery/suspense/thriller, horror, speculative elements. Bring it all on!

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