Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
Jon Gibbs
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What's your favorite genre to write in? Do your reading habits match?

I never really gave it a lot of thought before, but lately, I've come to realize that most of what I write is some form of science-fiction. To date I've completed (and by 'completed' I mean I've at least finished the first draft) three medieval sci-fi novels, a contemporary sci-fi thiller, and a contemporary urban fantasy.

This wasn't a conscious decision, but even though I have plenty of ideas (including several outlines) for full-length projects in other genres, somehow, when it's time to select a new WIP, I always find myself choosing the science fiction project over the rest.

I find this surprising because my reading habits simply don't match. Don't get me wrong, I love me some good science fiction - especially short stories, and as a teenager I read hundreds of science fiction books, but most of what I read now is historical fiction (anything from Conn Iggulden's Emperor series, set in ancient Rome, to Bernard Cornwell's Starbuck Chronicles, set in the time of America's civil war); fantasy books, like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series or Dean Koontz's Brother Odd; and a few mainstream thrillers.

Now, I know we're supposed to write what we read, but somehow, my writing brain didn't get the message.

I'm not too worried about Waking up Jack Thunder, which I would hope will find it's way onto the mainstream shelves, even though there's a sci-fi element to it. However, since I've decided to get back to work on my medieval sci-fi novels (I set them aside a couple of years when I realized they weren't going anywhere until I learned a heck of a lot more than I then knew about this writing thing), I really need to change my reading habits, or at least, add a new genre to them.

How about you?

What's your favorite genre to write in? Do your reading habits match?
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