Margaret Atwood’s refreshing take on genre could easily be applied to writing too – not just reading.
Too often writers are expected to stick to one genre because it makes more sense when it comes to marketing. On a creative level, however, it is an invaluable experience to dip into other territories and shake up expectations. Time for Stephen King to write a romance?
“I’ve had people say to me, I never read books by men. Or I never read books by women. Or I never read sci-fi. Or anything that isn’t sci-fi. Why such insecurity? Why not expose yourself to something else? It may not be a good experience, but it’ll be different.”