What You Missed

WHAT YOU MISSED

by Mardie Schroeder

On June 26, Jonathan Maberry spoke to the Guild about crossing genres. In his opinion, a writer should be able to write about anything. He said that although there may not always be a big market for your genre, there is always a market for every subject.

Well-known authors Richard Matheson and Stephen King are just two examples of successful writers who have written everything from sci-fi, horror, fantasy, adult fiction, suspense, thrillers, and more.

You can have more than one genre in a book. Go with the mix you love to write about.

Different genres bring in different income streams. If you have two books in the same genre at the same time they compete with each other.

Jonathan writes eight hours a day. He makes a bullet outline and writes the ending, although he may change it. He does take breaks to write something entirely different. While writing a book he will do research for a new book.

Jonathan suggests bringing characters from your other books into new ones. He’s all for taking creative risks (experimentation) but respecting your audience.

If you write about what makes you excited to write, your passion will show through. Write a story that you would go out of your way to read.

If you write with the same passion you have for reading, you will write a good book.

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