Writing in Different Genres!

Writing in Different Genres

How important is it for authors to be able to write across genres?

First of all, not everyone cares to write in multi-genres. There are some who choose to write in one genre and for select readers. There is nothing wrong with writing in one or multi-genres. Who am I to tell anyone what is the right thing to do?

If you look at J K Rowling, for instance, she has excelled in writing for YA, PT, MG groups (young adult, preteen, middle-grade). She has also written for 18+. I am one of her biggest fans for the first group but I did not enjoy the 18+ mysteries as much as the Harry Potter series. That does not mean that her books didn’t sell well! On the contrary, once she became established as a successful author anything she wrote (even under a pen name) sold off the shelves. If only I could do that! Sigh!

I chose to write in different and multi-genres to keep myself fresh. I started out with children’s books, ages 0-8, then branched out to MG and PT, ages 9-12, then 18+. I have received a Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards for one children’s book, six Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards for my children’s and MG books, and two Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for my MG books. These awards make an author feel that maybe she is doing something right. I am definitely enjoying what I do.

Whatever you write about, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, do your best, research your material, read other author’s work and about others’ successes to hone your writing. I have read between 90-105 books each year to improve my writing in any way I can.

I follow my dream daily by writing. Like my motto says, Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks.com!

I am definitely soaring! Believe in yourself and do what you love to do daily! Happy Reading!

(A different version of this post was originally in an anthology by Kristina Stanley. Check out her blog and books sometime.)

Look for new books coming this year on my Amazon Author Page.

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind and continuing support!

Now excuse me while I go back to my latest project, sequel to Hunting Mariah. Lots more to do! Wish me luck! It’s tough dealing with a insane character!

Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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12 Responses to Writing in Different Genres!

  1. allan hudson says:

    I admire folks that can switch from one genre to another, able to get out of a comfort zone and into another.

    • jjspina says:

      By doing this, Allen, I found my comfort zone – Middle-Grade! I will be doing more of them from now on but still keep my hand in the others from time to time. 😆

  2. I like writing in a variety of genres, too. Sometimes, my mind draws a blank on the story I’m working on, so I’ve found writing two at a time (different genres) helps!

  3. Annika Perry says:

    Keep soaring, Janice!! 😀 I think whatever genre one decides to write in, it is still so important to read a lot of varied style of books and just keep learning, studying and applying oneself to the craft of writing! Good luck with the sequel…what are you doing, chatting away here! 😀 Happy Writing and have a great weekend! xx

  4. Excellent post, Janice. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! ❤ Sharing… xo

  5. dgkaye says:

    You are soaring Janice! Excellent post and advice to spread our wings. ❤ xx

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