I’ve always been a genre-hopping reader, jumping from YA to literary, mystery to romance. As most of my readers know, I’m querying a contemporary YA novel at the moment, but I’ve also written two romances; one historical and one contemporary, as well as a YA fantasy. After finishing my latest YA novel, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back to romance.
I sat down to get started on my next project, a high-concept YA novel, one that has been nagging at me for months. I wrote 4,000 words. And then I stopped. Not because I didn’t know where to go, not because I had writer’s block. I stopped because it didn’t feel right.
At first, I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Where had my excitement gone? Then, I was over at the Harlequin forums and I saw that they were having a fast-track for their Romance line. Boom. Excitement back! And then it hit me: if I get fatigued when I read books in the same genre without switching it up, why wouldn’t it be the same for writing books in the same genre?
What do you guys think? Does this sound plausible? Has it happened to you? Let me know!
PS- I’m off to work on my romance now! 🙂
PPS-Tomorrow will be the second instalment in our Authors and Editors Interview Series. We’ll be talking with a USA Today’s Best Seller! Stay tuned!