So, many writers have a certain genre they stick to, right? It’s not often you see a romance novel come out of a Stephen King, or an adult Dr. Seuss book. I mean, it does happen. Clive Barker went from fantasy horror to young adult, which is really fun to read as there are still the elements that made him famous in his other works. But what I’m getting at here is using something else as a form of release other than the usual stuff. I primarily write horror. It’s something I enjoy, and I feel I can get the story and atmosphere across better than any other type of fiction. But I love comedy.
One of my favorite series out there is the Hitchhiker’s Guide trilogy in five parts. Christ, I laughed so hard my first time through those books, and even to this day I smile when reading them again. I loved them so much so that the style and writing inspired me to write a comedy novel, which is currently in the editing phase. The idea of making somebody laugh is just a great feeling. I’ve always been one to keep the mood light in real life and crack a joke or two. It helps people cope and have a good time, especially at work. So I thought, hey, let’s try to do something different.
I’ve written countless short stories and poems with dark themes, as I said, it’s my favorite to write, but at times you can get lost in the writing, and if you’re not careful, slip into the mindset of the characters in the book. That happened to me while writing Lizzy. I went to a deep, dark place to get that story out, and it really hampered me as a human being. My work and social life suffered as a result. So half way through writing that, I stepped back and started a comedy. It was the best thing I could have done. The book itself might not be great as it has a much more simplified style of writing than that of Lizzy, but I had fun writing it, so I hope that people will have as much fun writing it.
Sometime, just once in a while, you need that break. I know I did. Continuously doing the same thing over and over again can get tedious, and if you’re not into it as much as you were at the start, then the writing will suffer. So, doing something else can severely help the process of your true passion, whatever that may be. Comedy and Horror are two very, very different genres, but like Clive Barker and his transition, elements stuck. I had some very descriptive scenes in the comedy book, and a some darker imagery as well, but at the heart of it, it’s a fun little tale of a band of unassuming people just trying to save the world. No biggie, right?
In place of using gore, I would use wit. Instead of creepy atmosphere, I used a joke. If you were to read both books, you might not think that they’re written by the same person. I don’t know if that’s a skill, or a downfall, as I mentioned in the about section, I kind of flounder between things, never really nailing down a specific passion, and that might be true with my writing. I can cover a few different areas, but am I good at any of them? I guess that’s yet to be seen.
Nevertheless, I write to have fun, and sometimes writing horror is fun, other times comedy. Well, comedy is always fun – unless you can’t think of a joke, then well…Shit. But most of the time I think I can come up with something entertaining, even if it is throwing in a fart joke. They always kill – ask Kevin Smith. I kind of look at this the same way I do watching movies, or reading books. Some people stick to only one type, others watch or read whatever. It just depends on your palette, and I have a very extensive group of tastes. I mean, one of my favorite books is Lamb by Christopher Moore. Like Hitchhiker’s Guide, I was in tears reading it. But then I’ll go read Dean Koontz and love more or less every second of it.
Writing is a release no matter what you’re doing, but sometimes you need a break. Writing something else, start fresh with a new genre, and who knows, maybe you’ll stumble upon something that works for you. Or at the very least, maybe it’ll reinvigorate your passion for your first love, whatever that might be.