View Full Version : What genres would you attempt (Moved from novels to the roundtable)

Lyra Jean
02-14-2009, 11:17 AM
This is in response to what genres do you avoid as a writer. So what genres would you like to try out as a writer that you haven't yet.

I considered myself an SF writer but would love to attempt a historical fiction or erotica piece.

What say you?

02-14-2009, 11:20 AM
I would love to attempt a High Fantasy of publishable quality. It's always seemed like such a daunting task, but I've just about made the decision - when I start it is another matter though.


Lyra Jean
02-14-2009, 11:25 AM
I'm a history major in college at the moment. So me writing a historical fiction just seems like more homework right now. Although I have a really cool professor and he's always saying someone should turn this idea into a book.

02-14-2009, 11:28 AM
I would love to try out fantasy... I'm doing my best to work in the mystery genre for now.

Lyra Jean
02-14-2009, 11:38 AM
I would love to try out fantasy... I'm doing my best to work in the mystery genre for now.

Oh mystery the one genre I won't even attempt. Kudos to you for writing it.

02-14-2009, 12:02 PM
I would love to have a shot at science fiction. I'm a big fan of Star Trek and Star Wars. I would love to invent my own aliens and worlds.

02-14-2009, 12:39 PM
I'm attempting SF now, I would try to write erotica also.

02-14-2009, 01:42 PM
I'm a thriller writer, and I wouldn't mind writing thrillers with certain elements of science fiction, or an erotic thriller, or a thriller with elements from westerns. Or anything that's thriller-related, like a mystery or cop story.

02-14-2009, 02:16 PM
Comedy, drama, historical drama/romance, thriller and low-grade porn.

02-14-2009, 04:08 PM

02-14-2009, 04:13 PM
There's an idea for a true crime book I had years back...would love to write it and dedicate it to my dad.

There isn't a single genre I'd absolutely rule out although SFF and Western are unlikely.

This true crime book is the only NF idea I've ever had.

J C Coy
02-14-2009, 04:21 PM
Historical romance.

02-14-2009, 04:28 PM
Historical romance.

My Fav :)

Mr Flibble
02-14-2009, 05:09 PM
Anything that isn't fantasy.

I try, and then all of a sudden all this weird stuff turns up...

02-14-2009, 05:17 PM
I would love to write mystery, horror, and romance one day.

02-14-2009, 05:23 PM
PnR, SF, thriller, erotica, litfic. Actually, the only ones I have no attraction to at all (right now, anyway) are Westerns, horror, and mysteries. Anything else is possible.

Whether I could actually come up with a viable idea in any of these and pull it off remains to be seen, of course. So far everything I write turns itself into traditional fantasy or urban fantasy....

Chauchat Butterfly
02-14-2009, 05:51 PM
I always tell myself I'm going to someday write that big, stupid fantasy epic with magic and crap but since I generally hate reading fantasy I don't know if I could really bring myself to write it. Funny, since it was one of my main hobbies as a kid.

02-14-2009, 06:06 PM
Right now, I write historical. I'm most likely to go back to fantasy, which is what I first wrote when I started writing. Not high fantasy, but fantasty that's more grounded in our world. I might even be tempted to one day--gasp--write about our contemporary, average world, though I find our world boring to write and read about.

02-14-2009, 07:32 PM
I'd like to write some kind of...I don't know how to describe it. Cozy drama set at a university or something. Just the kind of story and setting that make you feel comfortable and warm inside. Not comedy, not depressing or tragic, not boring, just kind of slice-of-life. I have no clue why since I've never read anything like this and it's not really my cup of tea, but I just think of a big university building and a beautiful campus in autumn and the students having their friendships and such and...*sigh.* Or maybe some kind of cozy holiday story. Something cozy. Sounds like it would make a nice book. Maybe it's the life I wish I'd had?

I can't imagine pulling it off though since it has no fantasy or anything in it. What the heck would the plot even be? :/

02-14-2009, 08:56 PM
Anything but genre romance, chick lit, epic fantasy or western.

Claudia Gray
02-14-2009, 09:06 PM
I absolutely intend to try a thriller, and hopefully before too long.

I also have a couple of historical ideas I would like to try out.

02-14-2009, 09:07 PM
Horror. There's nothing I like to read more than a well-set horror scene.

02-15-2009, 12:36 AM
I think it would be fun to write historical, which I haven't tried since I was about 12.

02-15-2009, 12:39 AM
Business thriller or historical. I think they would be fun, but the amount of research I would need to do for either of these genres freaks me out.

02-15-2009, 12:45 AM
I'd love to do some romance writing, I think it'd be fun and I'd enjoy it. Really, though, at this point I might just attempt such ;) I'm just getting started anyway.

I'd also get a kick out of writing Horror, Mystery, SF or a Screenplay.

Sneaky Devil
02-15-2009, 12:49 AM
Erotica and horror. I've tried horror but it never works out well for me.

02-15-2009, 01:02 AM
I write contemporary fantasy and paranormal erotica, and it seems like all my ideas have some fantastic element to them. I'd like to actually get more than a few chapters into an epic fantasy, and I'd like to try writing historical fiction someday.

02-15-2009, 01:22 AM
I'm considering writing historical fiction.

I'm writing an essay on James V; and I'm quite taken by him.

02-15-2009, 01:49 AM
I'd love to try some intensively-researched science fiction, but I don't currently have the time. I also intend to write a romance at some point, even though I'm the least romantic person ever and it would probably be a disaster.

02-15-2009, 03:23 AM
I'm considering writing historical fiction.

I'm writing an essay on James V; and I'm quite taken by him.

Oooh, interesting topic. BTW, if I'm remembering correctly, Jean Plaidy wrote a book about Maragaret and James, the Thistle and the Rose. This was many moons before I was even born, of course.

02-15-2009, 04:18 AM
I'd like to try Alternate History,and something that is actual Horror (not just paranormal).

Lyra Jean
02-15-2009, 04:34 AM
I'm considering writing historical fiction.

I'm writing an essay on James V; and I'm quite taken by him.

I have a few historical fiction ideas in my head.

The one I've been itching to do the most is about the Tayloes who built and lived in the Octagon House during the War of 1812.

02-15-2009, 06:46 AM
Doing a decent thriller. After writing a lot of fantasy I find my modern setting, first person voice lean and refreshing.

02-15-2009, 06:48 AM
Moved to the roundtable.

02-15-2009, 09:19 AM
I like reading historical fiction and cozy mysteries. So I could see writing those... though the chances of managing to avoid anything speculative is quite slim. My stories often start out normal, then something strange happens and suddenly it's fantasy.

02-15-2009, 07:38 PM
I'd like to try Alternate History,and something that is actual Horror (not just paranormal).

I'd like to try alternate history too (I love thinking about how the history of my own region would be different), but I don't trust enough in my abilities to do such a thing, so I just write fantasy where history has gone somewhat differently. Win!

02-15-2009, 07:45 PM
I want to try some form of crime fiction one day. Why I haven't, what with my true crime obsession, I don't know.

One day, though.

02-16-2009, 12:34 AM
My two main wips are fantasy and historical romance.

02-16-2009, 12:55 AM
I'm revising my first-ever mystery novel, after writing very character-driven things without crazy, suspenseful plots.

I kind of like this...I think I could branch out into thrillers, too. And one day I'd like to try my hand at some sort of speculative fiction.

02-16-2009, 01:07 AM
I'm HF all the way, but I'd love to write HF that edges into fantasy.

02-16-2009, 02:16 AM
Historical and science fiction. I basically write supernatural thrillers/horror right now and really enjoy it but someday I'd like to try writing in the two aforementioned genres. With historical fiction I'd like to at least write a historical horror/thriller although I'm also intrigued by the idea of a family saga kind of series. And I'd love to play around with science fiction. There are so many possibilities there.