When branching out into new genres, this is always going to require some work. However, but researching for a specific genre is another sort of work. This research allows you to see where it is your imagination may be naturally bent towards.
Anne Rice says it this way:
“Go to wear the joy is.”
In researching where your joy lies, it may take trial and error. It make take several changes for you to find your beat and bearings in it.
How you write for fiction isn’t the same as non-fiction.
How you write romances isn’t the same as how you write horror, fantasy or speculative fiction.
In finding your beat, you must know what the basic rules are in order to bend (or break) them to your liking.
In research, this includes writers groups and workshops. Research isn’t limited to Google, old wives tales and Reddit.
You’re a writer. By nature of profession, you get the freedom to change something and no one notice straight away. Use that to your advantage.
Find what works.
Keep bending pages.
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