When I write, which is not as often as I should, I mostly write romantic short stories. Often with an LGBT theme. Sometimes I also write fanfiction, but it’s been a while and as much as I love reading fanfic, I can’t see myself writing more in the future, beyond the occasional drabble(which is fanfic speak for a story between 100 and 1000 words).
A genre I would like to explore is science fiction, dystopian societies, maybe, but only if I get a really good idea. Without that drive such books often feel forced and unoriginal. For some reason, I fear being unoriginal more than I fear almost anything else(at least when it comes to writing).
A quote from page 170 of Stephen Fry‘s The Fry Chronicles sums that feeling up perfectly:
“It is probable that our fear of being unoriginal, of looking cocky, of being obvious or of being seen ever to have chosen the line of least resistance caused us difficulty in our comedy careers.”
Here he is talking about his and his partner in comedy, Hugh Laurie‘s views on the subject of being unoriginal. It’s something that I’ve always felt, a sort of urge to not follow the stream in what everybody else thinks and how they act. When I was little this applied to playing games and what I said in the classroom. Today it applies to my writing. And in a sense I do think it can cause difficulty, as Stephen Fry says, because this obsessive need not to do as everybody else does can take up all the energy, instead of that energy going in to the writing itself.