For the last year I’ve had this argument with myself.
It goes something like this:
“You need to only write _____ genre. You can’t define yourself or finding a following if you write in every genre.”
This damn argument has been driving me crazy.
I write stories in a various genres and yes, they all have some element, though small to the reader, of horror.
I see my favorite horror writers who’ve written in comics, but I wonder if they write stories in other genres and file them only for themselves? Which is something I’ve considered doing.
But I like the stories I’ve written in genres outside of horror. They interest me and if they do that for me I’m sure they would for readers.
Do publish them under a pseudonym? That’s been something my wife and I have discussed. It’s where I’ve been leaning for books outside of horror.
I’ve written fantasy stories that I’ve enjoyed, yes they’re more of the Grimdark variety, but I enjoyed them. I have one due the end of January for an anthology.
I guess writing horror is where I gravitated to because it’s where I’ve always found the most enjoyment. I have an enjoyment of darker things, it’s just who I am.
The argument is getting to a point where I’m putting it in its place.
I write all types of things because I like to read horror, political thrillers, and spy novels.
Those are what I write. The book I wrote from April to May, political/military thriller. The stories I’ve been writing over the last couple of months, horror of various degrees.
I have spy novel I started in September but put it away because of this argument. I hate this argument. It always distracts me from the fact that I’m writing. It doesn’t matter the genre, I’m still writing.
My goal for 2021 is to put this argument to bed and just write. If it ends up as horror great, military/political/spy thriller, fantastic.
But trying to fit myself into one box or another is a worthless effort.
Writing is writing regardless of the genre.