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What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle?

What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

For me, it probably would be young adult in general, or one with an emphasis on romance. While I’ve included romance in my novel, it isn’t my favorite to write (or read, for that matter). I prefer reading SciFi, horror or mysteries. And I enjoy writing in those genres as well.

But young adult? I wonder if it has to do with how I grew up? My parents were very strict. I don’t blame them or fault them for that. I know the reasoning behind it. I was a very active child. When I was old enough to climb a tree, I climbed ours up and onto the roof of the house. When I was barely able to walk, I jumped into the community pool. Oh…and I also didn’t know how to swim. I was a troublemaker.

But by High School, I’d mellowed out some. I joined marching/concert band. Found my group that I felt I belonged to and went through HS with very little in the way of drama. My friends around me dated, but I wasn’t interested in any of the guys in HS. They were morons, from my perspective. You think I’m exaggerating? For example, while I was sitting at the shallow end of a pool on a band field trip, one of the brass players (over six feet tall) decided to impress me by diving in, ended up cracking his head (but thankfully nothing worse than that). Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t really paying attention because I was sick with strep throat and mono. Some say that was his plan all along because we were “quarantined” to the back of the bus. Don’t ask. Quarantine decisions haven’t made sense to me since the 1990s. 🙂

Anyway, I wonder if the reason I can’t manage young adult is because I was never truly one during those years. I was almost what one would consider an “old soul” I guess? While my peers were interested in Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Leonardo DiCaprio, I was more interested in Peter Cushing, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire. I read (though slowly) lots of books. I’d sit at the library for hours, next to the book shelf going from book to book (mainly Sherlock Holmes and other like mysteries). I’d bring home random musical instruments to experiment with (even when I finally settle with the trumpet). Star Trek was my jam and I’d watch it weekly with my dad. I’d discuss it later with my friend in HS. My peers drove nice cars, I drove a granny mobile. My peers got allowances, I worked at an animal hospital starting at age 14.

So I feel like I don’t have the right experiences to be able to write young adult or relate to it. Even with having kids, I don’t think I have enough. Let me stick to what I love: SciFi, Horror and Mysteries. What’s funny is, when I say stuff like this my friend will some how manipulate the conversation and end up challenging me to actually write it. Still haven’t figured out how she does that….


6 comments on “What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle?

  1. alexjcavanaugh
    September 7, 2022

    Nothing wrong with Star Trek being your jam.
    Now that you mention it, I couldn’t do young adult either. I don’t want to remember the drama and angst.

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  2. Tanish Shrivastava
    September 7, 2022

    I can’t speak for young adult, but I completely agree with you with romance. It is not easy to write it, nor read it. I probably will never write a romantic story, because I just do not like to read it myself.

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  3. Olga Godim
    September 7, 2022

    I could never write YA either. I have raised two kids already (both are grownups now and decent human beings) and I can tell you with absolute certainty: teenagers are cruel, self-absorbed brats, every one of them. They think only of themselves. And sex. I can’t write on their level to save my life. Thank god they grow out of their obnoxiousness. Eventually.

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  4. Damyanti Biswas
    September 8, 2022

    I enjoy Star Trek too! It is definitely not one of those series you grow out of 😀


  5. elegancesicy
    September 9, 2022

    I originally wanted to write for YA so naturally had to start reading YA. Yeah, no. Screw YA!! What is it with 16 year olds thinking they are the solution and save the world. At 16 I was laughing hysterically over tripod jokes and sweating profusely if any guy I liked looked in my general direction.


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