This week’s prompt aims to challenge you to write something outside of your comfort zone.
Take the opening scene from your current work in progress (or any opening scene you’ve written) and write it as if it was a genre you don’t like.
Can’t stand historical romances? Find a way to set your sci fi adventure in the past. Not a romance reader? Turn your cozy mystery into erotica. Dislike thrillers? Make that love story a serial killer thriller.
Skill tip: Think about the elements that go into a scene and how they shape reader expectation. You’ll have to find specific details to get that genre feeling across, and write in ways you never have before. Forcing yourself to think “what makes a thriller?” will shed light on what makes the genre you like to write in and give you insights on how to make those elements stronger.
Don’t worry if it’s not good, that’s not the goal here, and it’s hard to write a genre you don’t read. The point is to push yourself to do something different and shake up how you think about your genre.
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