Experimental Writing

I primarily write science fiction and fantasy. It’s the two genres that I enjoy reading and writing the most. But I don’t like to put myself into a box. I like to play with my writing; try new genres, POVs, and styles. I enjoy experimenting with my writing. I think it’s best to keep things fresh and attempt to think outside of the box. I may not be good at it, but I’m at least willing to attempt it.

I’m writing a short story for a challenge posed by my writing group, and I thought about what kind of a story I wanted to tell and how I wanted to tell it. I decided to go with something raw and real and with a set POVs that is unusual and different to have in a short story. I chose these things purposefully. Will it work? I honestly have no idea. It’s still in rough draft mode, so I don’t know if any of it meshes together until it’s finished. However, whether it works or not, I will have learned something.

One of the best bits of advice I can give other writers is to experiment with your writing. Play around with what you normally do. Try new things. You may discover that you enjoy writing a genre you didn’t think you would be any good at, or in a style that you never considered before. If you’re unsure how to write in a genre you’re unfamiliar with, check some books of that genre out of the library and read how others have done it. Familiarize yourself with how the genre works. I’ve done that myself to great effect. You might find it worth it.

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