Reading and writing: genre specific or open to all? – an IWSG post #IWSG

Happy March everyone! The weather is finally beginning to turn for the better here, the sun is starting to shine properly and I’m no longer hugging the radiators quite so much. All good things to make for a more cheerful and positive disposition!

I had a major dip in February, with too much of it spent feeling negative and down. But with the improved weather comes an improved outlook, something I also get from being a part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The main sign-up page has all the details you need to join in, so let’s get to it!

The co-hosts for March are Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen, Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre and JQ Rose (thank you guys!) and we’re talking about everyone’s favourite genre or genres to write. And what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

Favourite writing genres

I’m not entirely sure I have a favourite genre to write, I just like to write if and when I can, but once I get started my writing does tend to start moving in particular directions. I like to think about behaviours and relationships and what would happen if a character made a particular decision to do something, but before long the story usually starts to move towards the fantastical, mystical and otherworldly. Even when I try and ground myself in something more real-life, there’s still an element of the supernatural about it, whether it’s a secret power that someone’s hiding or a visitor from another planet trying to find their way around.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Reading preferences

My first loves of reading are science fiction and fantasy. I love thinking about the possibilities of things ‘other’ than this world and where those possibilities can take a person/character. For me, nothing is really far-fetched if it’s established and believable enough in it’s own world. I also love a good thriller, as well as classics and contemporary. To be honest, I’ll read pretty much anything and it’s good to take in something different every now and then.

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

I certainly don’t limit my reading to a particular genre or two, although I may go through a phase of sticking to one. Sooner or later I vary my reading choices though and will move on to something different.

The last few books I’ve read have been recommendations from friends, and at work there is a basket full of books and we have a bit of read and share thing going on (quarantine procedures and Covid protocols firmly in place, of course). I am looking forward to being able to wander around a bookshop again and pick up whatever takes my fancy. I’d forgotten that I’d missed that until writing this post 😢

So, how about you? What genres do you read/write about, and do you stick to one/a few or shake it up and see what you get?

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