Haley Whitehall usually writes historical fiction. She has lately been working on writing fantasy. As a result she has posted a challenge for writers to try to write in a different genre to what they normally would. You can read more on her blog:
I adored history at school and a lot of my characters in the books I write are drawn to history as well. I have never tried to write historical fiction before. I tend to write mostly young adult fantasy. Since Haley Whitehall posted the challenge I have researched the evacuation of children from Liverpool during the second world war. I must say not being native to England and having grown up in the USA, I am finding this very fascinating reading. It is a lot of research though even for a small flash fiction piece.
When I started writing the historical fiction piece, I found my usual writing style did not lend itself to this genre. I am actually finding this challenge harder than I thought I would.
So that got me thinking, why do I write young adult fantasy? When did I decide that it was my preferred genre and age range. Well, see that is just it, I never chose that genre or that age range, I think it chose me. I read all different genres and books for various age levels but when it comes to writing I prefer to write fantasy.
As I am writing this I am reminded of the following quote from Harry Potter, “The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It’s not always clear why.”
Perhaps it is the same for writers and their stories.