Writing Out of Your “Genre”

So for my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel, I sort of have an idea that is YA, but is a bit more fantastical, and perhaps horror-ish than I usually write.

So that got me thinking. How often do you write outside your “genre?” If you do, is it to challenge yourself? Or do you just have an idea for a story that you want to go with?

I think it should be interesting to see what happens. I sort of expect it to not be spectacular just in the sense that it is a first draft. But that sort of makes choosing a new genre interesting. I have this one month opportunity to experiment without having to seriously commit to anything afterwards, if I don’t want to.

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