I’ve always considered myself to be more immersed in the fantasy genre than any other genre. I write fantasy, I read fantasy, I watch fantasy.
Lately, I’ve decided to get outside my comfort zone and practice writing something different.
What did I do?
I decided to run a Call of Cthulhu tabletop RPG (Role-Playing Game).
This would be something new and entirely unfamiliar. The Cthulhu mythos resides within the horror genre, a genre that I generally avoid at all costs. I don’t like to be scared, and I don’t like scary movies. I would have to overcome my own fears in order to run a game.
However, the world of Lovecraft and the utter despair he puts his characters through intrigued me, and I decided I would invest in a few books and start running the game. It even took me less time than I planned, to come up with a story (misadventure). And it was even pretty spooky too. Though I had some help and inspiration from a fellow writer who is more involved in the genre than I.
I like the challenge of this new genre. Of struggling through the different pace and events. So much so that my next book will not be a continuation of my Shalarith series like I planned, but instead will also be something different. A murder mystery/thriller with a pinch of urban fantasy to give me that ‘home’ feeling.
So my questions to you dear readers: do you branch out and try new genres? Do you find different genres easier or harder to write? What are the benefits and disadvantages to temporarily switching your writing to another genre? Have you ever switched and not switched back?