Friday, October 15, 2010

Genre Envy


I've experimented with writing non-fiction, poetry, and fiction (but all within the YA).

Within YA I've dabbled in historical, urban fantasy, and have brewing ideas in dystopian and contemporary. All with a splash of romance.

But I confess, I wish I could write a mystery.

A really good, gripping, gotta-turn-the-page-to-find-the-killer kind of mystery.

Actually, I also wish I could write some fun chick-lit, or more serious women's fiction.

Man. I have genre-envy, and I've got it bad.

What about you? Do you have any particular genres you'd love to write, but for one reason or another, haven't?

51 comments:

Renae said...

I would love to be able to write a good mystery. But I've grown pretty comfortable in my little YA paranormal corner and I'm not very good with change. Maybe one day!

Candyland said...

YES! I wish I could write a REALLY good thriller:(

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I don't know how to do a mystery either! I just can't! Dropping clues, misleading readers, and keeping the killer a secret--impossible!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I once said I would only write YA paranormal. LOL. The book I'm now querying is YA romantic suspense. I'm with Candyland. I wish I could write a great YA thriller. There's just not enough out there as it is.

Hannah Kincade said...

My NaNo idea is a mystery so we'll see how I'm able to accomplish that one! Lol! I envy those who write high fantasy. There is so much history and back story and language and creatures. I think venturing into different genres becomes easier the more you read of it. I don't read a lot of high fantasy but I do read gothic, suspense and horror. Who knows.

Terri Tiffany said...

I thought I wanted to write romance and once I did, hated it. I want to do a great job with women's fiction but I always find myself wanting to add a little mystery or suspense and I know I don't know how! So I guess I envy those genres:)

Faith said...

I'd love to be able to write a YA contemporary or an epic fantasy. Both just seem far beyond my grasp... *sigh*

Amparo Ortiz said...

YA thriller or horror, for sure. I am 100% confident I suck at both :)

Great post, btw. I think genre-envy is totally normal and healthy. Right????

B.E. Sanderson said...

I have a cute mystery series that's been brewing in the back of my head for years. I even have about a quarter of the first one written. I just can't seem to finish it. :shrug: If nothing else, it was a good writing exercise.

Matthew Rush said...

I would love to write a high fantasy, but I can never work up the courage. I guess I worry that's it seems like it's all been done before.

The Red Angel said...

I have a burning desire to write a good, long sci-fi. One with unexpected twists and turns. But I haven't because sci-fis tend to require much more in-depth research. I have no such luxury of time, so I have had to stick with my chick-lits and romantic comedies.

~TRA

http://xtheredangel.blogspot.com

Laura Pauling said...

A mystery would be fun to write. I haven't come up with an idea that I like enough to do it. And the plotting? And making sure the clues aren't too easy or too hard? I understand the longing to write one.

Danielle said...

I would love to write chick-lit or contemporary romance, but I'm stuck in YA too. I've started 2 chick-lit books, someday I'll finish them!

Jennee said...

I'm trying a suspense/mystery for the first time this year. I am a little nervous but excited at the same time. Picking up a new trait takes time...which is so frustrating!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Mysteries are hard.

My historical fantasy is basically a mystery of who murdered a young girl, taking her face, only to wear it on board a transatlantic steamer in 1853. Then, it got to be a mystery as to why she did it and how.

Riddles. I can't write them worth spit. Thanks for the great post.

Jaydee Morgan said...

I love reading thrillers and crime fiction - if only I could write them.

Linda Kage said...

I want to be a romantic suspense author. But yeah, tried it. Didn't go over so well. SIGH.

Deb Salisbury said...

No, I write the genre I love to read. But cozy mysteries do tempt me occasionally. ;-)

Carol Kilgore said...

Yes! Although I also write some short fiction when I feel that urge.

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Definitely. I've experienced with a few genre but haven't been super successful in the past. I'd love to write a really heart-wrenching women's fiction. And definitely a fantasy. Maybe a little YA sprinkled in there. Oh, and a mystery/thriller. So...pretty much everything :)

JEM said...

Ha, I actually have genre envy of YA! I wrote one a few months ago and the characters just fell flaaaaaaaaaat. I am now totally convinced I can't get into the mind of a teenager, nor do I want to go back to my own teen years. Sigh, and I have such good YA ideas, too.

Sarah Enni said...

Oh man, Dystopian is like my favorite genre to read but writing one seems so HARD. I have to get my confidence up before I try, because some Dystops are sooooo dang good.

Clara said...

Im so glad you mentioned that! Actually, when I was 12 I wrote a mystery! It was my first genre! But somehow as time passed, it slipped right through my fingers. So my genre envy is the same as yours!

Crimey said...

Lydia, the newest project brewing in my head is a mesh of mystery with fantastical elements, something that I've never done before, so my advice to you would be to try it out. You never know what you'll come up with.

Belle said...

I have this sweet little idea for a children's book, have had it for a while - tried to write it up last year as my NaNoWriMo novel, and it morphed into this epic fantasy which was a wholly different story. I'd still like to write that sweet little story one day, but I'm not sure it's me.

Mary said...

Genre envy? You bet I suffer with it. Would love to do YA thrillers and humor, especially humor.

Giles Hash said...

Personally, I can't think of a genre that I would want to write that I can't. I read the genres that I hope to write, and the only reason I haven't tackled a specific genre that I would want to write is that I'm really enjoying the genre that I'm currently working on :)

As far as writing mysteries goes, I strongly recommend HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD MYSTERY by James N. Frey (Not to be confused with the Million Little Pieces guy).

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

This is seriously what I love about YA (and MG as well) - you can blend around your genres much more freely! :)

Holly Ruggiero said...

A good mystery would be so cool to write but it’s such a tough genre as far as clue and hiding them. Yep I have genre-envy too.

Kenda said...

I'd love to master the art of writing picture books--so far it has eluded me :-)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'm with you, I'd love to write a mystery. But I don't know where to begin. I know the information is out there. So perhaps, that will be on my to-do list. )

Len said...

I'm the same - I'd love to be able to write mystery. I find mystery writers so clever they can think of ideas and clues how to solve a murder case! I'd also love to write a serious women fiction book! :)

Krispy said...

I'd love to be able to write mystery too! Also sci-fi. I tried it once and it just was not going to happen. Haha. I really, really wish I could write one of those beautiful literary novels though. *sigh*

Indigo said...

I would love to tone my writing down enough to write YA. I've got a few ideas brewing, but right now I'm cool with the Paranormal Suspense Genre. I'm all about the mid 20's early 30's age group.

I don't curse much and hmmm...I could probably make the switch. Okay, this is a great post. You got me thinking of other possibilities. (Hugs)Indigo

Walt M said...

A thriller or a detective story. Writing either would interest me.

Jai Joshi said...

Why don't you try it, Lydia? We don't know if we can do something until we try. I had a friend who thought she could never write poetry. Then one day she wrote a poem about writing poetry and it was genius!

I thought I couldn't write non-fiction until I started this blog and started to really enjoy writing my blog posts. I never thought I'd have so much fun with it!

Go for it. You never know until you try.

Jai

Abby Minard said...

Ooh, I want to do Steampunk really bad, but I don't think I have the patience to do the research.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I would love to write a mystery: a real page turner. And I would love to try my hand non-fiction too.

DL Hammons said...

You could totally do a mystery if you set your mind to it! Its like seeing a shirt you liked with a really intricate design on the front. When you take the shirt and turn it inside out, you see how it was weaved together. Just start with a inside out shirt and work backwards. :)

Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss lydia! for me i dont have that envy stuff cause im mostly new at writing. for now im writing kids stuff and i like it. maybe when i get writing more and reading more stuff i could want to try something more different.
...hugs from lenny

Heather said...

I would love to write horror but I just don't have it in me. YA and adult fantasy are what I was called for.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Lydia, I'm so glad you wrote this post. I thought I was the only one with genre envy.

I want to write a detective novel!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh Lydia, I am with you! I LOVE reading mysteries, but I've never been brave enough to try writing one. Maybe we need to start a wanna-be mystery writers' club. :)

Amy

Lisa Gail Green said...

Yes. I'd love to write Sci-fi or Steampunk, but I don't feel knowledgable enough to do so. I do love my fantasy though, so I'm not too upset!!

Lisa Gail Green said...

Oh and if you wouldn't mind, email me at paranormalpov at gmail dot com. I'd love to feature you on a Monday Madness post in a week or so... :D

lbdiamond said...

Oh yeah, I'd love to write a good murder mystery...but I'd HAVE to throw something paranormal in. ;)

Medeia Sharif said...

Yes! I really want to write mystery and horror. Hopefully, I'll experiment some day and write well in many other genres.

The Words Crafter said...

I would love to be able to write mystery....and maybe an historical mystery/love story. Not the mushy kind (why I can't write love stories) but the profound kind....

Interesting post!

Alexandra Crocodile said...

Well, I write mysteries, but I wish I could write a really good, epic, drama, like "The House At Riverton" or something like that. I just don't have that many pages in me I guess...

Jennifer Hillier said...

I'd love to write lit fic. Or a really good juicy, steamy romance. Pretty sure I'd fail at both. :)

MT said...

Why not give it a try? If your mystery stinks, at least you'll learn, and you're that much closer to a non-stinky mystery. :)

 
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