There are a lot of views on how beginning writers should
start their writing careers.
Some say that writers should choose ONE genre and
write only within that genre right from the beginning. But
what if a writer cannot decide on her genre right at the
I think that it is a bit farfetched and perhaps even
presumptuous for writers to ONLY write within ONE genre
at the beginning. Not only will the writer be limiting herself
but she may never discover her REAL likes and dislikes,
much less her genre, of writing.
I believe that writers can only discover their genre by
writing in MANY different genres at the beginning. Then,
after a few years, perhaps they will be able to make an
informed decision about which genre they really, really love
to write within and that appeals to them the most. How else
will they know?
So, my advice for beginning writers is to write in as many
different genres as possible for the first year or two. Then,
once the writer has had a feel for the different kinds of
writing that she would like, and maybe even got published
in a genre or two, she could settle into that particular genre
and write within it.
Most importantly, don’t hassle and torture yourself at the
beginning to discover which genre of writing you REALLY,
REALLY like. That will come with time and practise. In the
meantime, have fun with the whole process.
Happy self-discovery fellow writers!