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Writing in a new genre is like lifting weights. When I first began writing I wrote what was easiest for me: science articles. I love writing science articles for children. There are enough fascinating and bizarre subjects that children are eager to read about that I could be happy writing science articles for the rest of my life! Then I started writing science-related picture books.
I discovered a new and exciting world of possibilities. A few years later, I tried something else new. I started writing fiction picture books, and more exciting worlds entered my little universe. More years have passed. Last week I was feeling particularly brave and decided to try writing a middle grade novel. Why not? I couldn't think of a good reason. I've even found at least one benefit. At times it's like lifting weights. (Other times it's just fun and exciting. Period.) Trying to write in other genres has made me a better writer in my preferred genres (picture books and articles).
Maybe someday I'll even be a great novelist. After all, if you lift weights long enough, you can get pretty good.
Do you write in more than one genre? Does it feel like exercise? I'd love to know!
Many thanks to Murees at Daily Drama of an Aspiring Writer for passing on the Stylish Blogger award to me! I am truly honored!