What do you think about crossing genres?

Are you for or against the idea?

Me, I’m in the “for” column.

Why? because I love all types of books! I’ve written two books for children and another children’s picture book just returned from the editor. Fingers crossed it will be out in October 2017.

But… I am also writing an adult mystery and a YA book.

I’d hate to think I couldn’t spread my wings and write across genres.

Marcy Kennedy makes some very good points and gives thoughts on the pros and cons to writing in multiple genres.

I write because I enjoy writing, in the same way, I enjoy reading. A good story is a good story no matter the genre.

Click and read what Ms. Kennedy has to say and then tell me, do you think it’s a good or bad idea?

Indie Choices: Writing in Multiple Genres or Specializing

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21 thoughts on “What do you think about crossing genres?

  1. I wonder if we should even classify the books we write before the final draft. It might be squishing our creativity to the point where we’re not writing what we’re capable of. Sure, it might hinder us on the market because all of our books aren’t in one place in the book store, but is that the reason we took on the craft in the first place?

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  2. I’m in the ‘for’ column. I see know reason not to be versatile in our creativity. I write memoir, nonfiction, and humor. Pretty soon I think I’m going to invent my own genre, lol. 🙂


  3. I’m definitely in the For column – I write non-fiction which is further sub-divided between memoir and local history and I write fiction and poetry. Maybe one day I’ll stop experimenting and settle down to one genre! 🙂

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  4. I am still in my early stage of being a children’s author. So, far my first book was about the adoption my first puppy as one of adventurous things I’m doing in retirement. I thought I knew enough about genres, but, the more I’m learning the more I realize how complex this concept can be. For instance, I thought my book was just a children’s book about the adoption fell into the category of animals. But, now I realized that it might be a memoir written for children. I’m realizing identifying genres is a challenge for anyone who is not following a generic template for their continued pieces. So, thanks for this post, as it means I have a new area to concentrate on in my learning more of my new career. The light bulb came on and I realize I can no longer look at the big broad categories but need to delve deeper.

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  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Jean Cogdell with a question.. should an author write across several genres.. I am in the For column.. I enjoy writing both non-fiction and fiction and often have one of each on the go at the same time. I find the different thought processes help break into any writer’s block I might get. Also I love fairy stories as well as the darker side of fiction.. how about you? Head over and let Jean know.

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