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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Hi all! This month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question is from yours truly:
"I have a genre-crush on______"
What genre or category of writing do you wish you could tackle, and why haven't you?
I really sort of shot myself in the foot with this one, because there are waaaaay to many genres I would like to write that I haven't.
So far, I've stayed within the lines of YA (a dash of historical; a dabbling in sci-fi and urban fantasy) and MG. I've also written creative non-fiction that's almost always medically related.
What would I love to write? In no particular order, here they are.
1. Historical non-fiction. I would love to write something like Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, or Salt: A World History, or Guns, Germs and Steel. I've always wanted to do a history of contraception, but only got as far as a 20 page essay in medical school (who knew rocks were the first IUDs... for camels? And that women used squeezed-out lemon-halves as diaphragms?) Anyway, I digress...
2. Romance. I love a good happily ever after! And there are so many different flavors of romance out there. But I'd blush too much writing the romance scenes. For now I'll leave it to the many other writers out there who are far more talented than I am in this genre.
3. Horror. I'm such a wimp, I can't even watch the horror movies that make fun of horror movies. But I have an arsenal of knowledge about so many ways people could die gruesome deaths...it's a shame I'll never tap into that knowledge in my fiction. So in the meantime, I'll just help other writers think of gruesome ways to kill off their characters on Medical Mondays.
4. Good old-fashioned, adult literary fiction. In time, in time. For now, I'm entranced with YA and MG, so I'll let myself run with that.
How about you? Do you have a genre-crush? What have you always wanted to write, but haven't?
If you haven't had a chance, check out Laura's post from last week, and stay tuned for upcoming posts from Sarah and Deb!