Today’s Writing Prompt: Write in a genre you dislike.
I have been in writers’ groups and workshops where I had to read work from other authors in genres I disliked. I always felt that I didn’t have much to offer in any discussion that followed. I wanted to be able to add to the discussion so I forced myself to read books in genres that I usually would run from. Some were surprisingly pleasurable and some were downright painful, but I have made it a point to always finish a book that I start. Then I went a step further and wrote short stories in those genres. I had no intention of letting anyone else see them, but what I found helpful was learning how writers in these genres crafted their characters and stories. I learned a lot from them and it was also helpful in some of the characters and stories in my own writing. Giving these genres a chance gave me the opportunity to add a little extra to my characters. Now I can write about a tech geek, lonely housewife, or a hypersensitive police detective a little more authentically.