Writing Across Genres

Writing Across Genres

As someone with a pretty wild imagination, I find myself drawn to fiction writing. I love making up stories and watching characters develop and make decisions in their worlds which I’ve created for them.

But as a Christian who loves to help people, I also love writing what I have experienced, what I know and how to apply it in other’s lives to help them along their journey in life. I’ve also read that it is important that authors stick to one genre so there is no confusion for the audience which makes it easier for the agency/publishing company to brand and sell your books.

Hmmm, this is a disappointing discovery. So I started searching online to see what information I could find about writing in multiple genres or fiction vs. non-fiction. My heart was lifted when I read some of the blogs below addressing these questions.

Concerning the execution of writing in different genres, here are two key thoughts that I love from Joel Friedlander’s blog The Book Designer:

But ultimately, your goal is to link your name to an organic and dynamic brand that’s based on you and arouses a positive, emotional experience for your targeted readership–regardless of genre.

It’s your style, your unique voice, and the combination of recurrent themes, character types, settings, and ideas that make up the familiar elements characteristic to your writing.

-The Book Designer

Click on the link above to read the full article – it’s encouraging. As a writer, I don’t have to be stuck in one niche when I have so many ideas floating around in my head. It’s a natural bridge that I’m looking for and one that will come about organically because if people know from the start that I write in different genres, then it won’t be like a betrayal or that I’m trying to be something I’m not – it will be I already am. Well, I hope anyway~

So in trying to think about this for myself – we as writers all go through this when we are starting out – I would be writing Christian non-fiction and Suspense fiction. I can’t see how in the world this could possibly work but sometimes you don’t see how the future will pan out until you get to the fork in the road.  Here’s another perspective from Rachelle Gardner:

It’s a little different if you’re talking about writing both fiction and non-fiction. If you want to do this, understand that you’ll be working to build two different audiences simultaneously. Sure, there may be some crossover, but you can’t count on it.

-Rachelle Gardner

My plan is to seek representation for my Christian non-fiction and submit to individual magazine publications for the fiction short stories. We’ll see how well this works out for me – that’s one thing about starting this blog – I’ll have a history of what works and what doesn’t.  I believe everyone’s path is different and there are many ways to get from point A to point B. You just have to choose the one that best suits you – and then go for it!

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