Can you imagine being one of the most famous spy and espionage writers of our time and then suddenly switching to pen children’s literature? Ian Fleming beloved author of the James Bond spy novels did just that! I'm not exactly sure if he loved children’s literature but, he told his young son awesome stories about flying cars that doubled as boats and had special abilities and then decided to write them down and gave us Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Remember Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White? I spent a few lovely summer afternoons reading these books when I was eight years old and then, ten years later, I spent more hours poring over White’s revolutionary writing book The Elements of Style which he wrote with his former professor William Strunk Jr. (If you don’t know what I am talking about or have never read any of these books leave my page now)!
JK Rowling is author of the Harry Potter children’s series (one of my favorite series of all time) and The Casual Vacancy; Anne Rice, master of the vampire genre, wrote Interview With A Vampire and Exit to Eden and of course I must mention the Prince of Horror, Stephen King author of It, The Stand and Cujo and also The Shawshank Redemption and The Colorado Kid. All of these authors made the genre switch with great success. (I am having so much fun remembering these right now, I may not read anything new for the rest of the summer)!
Today, I am writing technology articles for the construction and engineering community. I got my start writing about science, technology and engineering and I find that I still love it. Sometimes we need to go back to our first love to figure out what we should be doing, to make some money or to just shake things up a little.
I am not saying you need to write a whole book in another genre, but a short story or an article in another genre may be just the thing you need to help you find the joy in writing again. Try it and let me know what happens.
If you aren't feeling what you are currently working on, think about what got you excited about writing in the first place and start a side project. Let me know how it works out.