I know, I know, I have been far too quiet lately. In fact, looking at the blog, it looks as though everyone went really quiet over the last few months. I guess busy lives have caught up with everyone.
Anyway, I have started writing in a couple of different genres to my usual work recently, such as poetry and a fiction novel, as well as my usual prose and articles. I even worked on different styles of writing within my usual “business’ style writing. I found the process absolutely fascinating and I started thinking about ways I could encourage new writers to explore different genres. Most writers actually start out with fiction or poetry, but there are many other genres that can earn writers a decent income. Besides writing for an income, trying a different genre can help you to develop your writing skills in new and exciting ways. So, here are my top five tips for trying a new genre or style of writing to your usual style.
Tip 1 – Read the New Genre
The obvious place to start when you want to write in a new and different genre to your usual is to start reading the new genre. If you want to write a children’s book, read some children’s books. If you want to write articles and blogs for business websites, read the business websites with the best articles and blogs. If you want to write poetry, read different poets. If you want to write a romance novel, read a few romance novels. Okay, I am sure you get the picture. I should stop listing genres and get this blog moving! As you read the new genre, think about what the authors in the genre have in common. What are the similiarities between the different works you read in the same genre? What makes this writing different to other writing styles or genres? This gives you a guideline of what is acceptable in that particular genre. Consider the audience. Every different genre or writing style has a different audience and purpose, so think about how you would change your words and writing format to engage with a new audience.
Tip 2 – Start Simply
If you have never written fiction at all before, don’t try to write huge mega novel as your first project. Instead, try writing some short stories. This will help you to learn how to develop characters and plots on a small scale and then, when you gain confidence, you can transfer your skills to a larger novel. If you have never written poetry before, try writing one stanza, rather than an epic poem.
Tip 3 – Make Contact with Writers in the Genre
Newbie Writers Forum is a great place to start. You can use the forum to make contact with other authors who write in the new genre you want to try. Ask for advice on areas you are unsure about. Teaming up with a mentor who knows the genre really well and is successfully writing in that genre can help you to learn the unique styles of that genre.
Tip 4 – Be Open to New Ideas
When you try to write in a different style to what you are used to, you may need to adjust some of your ideas. Fiction writers love to use many descriptive words, whereas business writers aim for clarity with fewer descriptive words. I am used to writing for business purposes, so my first attempts at descriptive passages were dismal. The words sounded so stilted. I also had to adjust my ideas on sentence structure when writing poetry and fiction. Sometimes in fiction, you can get away with the one word “sentence”, which you can’t do in the business writing. However, as I keep developing my writing skills in different genres, I get to enjoy being more creative and honing my skills. My business writing is getting better as I develop my writing skills in other areas. Being open to new ideas allows writers to explore new worlds as well as new genres.
Tip 5 – Explore Brave New Worlds with New Words
Be brave and explore where writing as a craft can lead you. There are so many different genres and ways to succeed as a writer, so there is plenty of work for you. Learn new words and continually increase your vocabulary. Try new things in your life and translate those new experiences into your writing. Let’s all get creative and see what we can do!
I sincerely hope you found this blog an interesting read and that it inspires you to get writing, to try a new genre, and explore the wonderful world of wordsmithing in all it has to offer.