I’m one of those people who likes a lot of different things – I’m a big nerd, I love sci-fi and fantasy. I’m a gamer. I’m a reader. I love well-done TV shows and movies. All I ask is for a good story line, an engaging set of characters, and something I connect with.
Which means I can kind of go all over the place when it comes to my writing. Don’t get me wrong, most of my ideas are firmly in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy realm, but I occassionally veer into historical romance, or contemporary, or as the case may be lately, Middle Grade.
I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older (and no I’m not THAT old yet), or my mind wants to play with different themes, but I’ve had three really great Middle Grade fantasy ideas within the last two months. These stories have younger characters than I’ve ever written before, as well as much more fantastical settings. I could turn these stories into YA, I might even be able to make them romances, but there’s something about these ideas that calls for the personalities and world view that only a middle grade main character can bring.
And in a way, there’s something freeing about that. That age group still accepts and welcomes the fantastical without question (if it’s done well of course), they want to experience things, feel things out of the ordinary. And there’s the chance to really touch them with a story that resonates. Some of my still-favorite books are the ones I read as a kid.
So, even though it’s not my usual thing, I’m going to take a stab at writing one of these. The worst thing that can happen is I realize I shouldn’t be writing MG. The best, is that I write something that touches someone else. And really, I think that’s what we all want to do, no matter the age of our readers.
How about you guys? Ever write anything outside of your usual genre? How did it go?