Yes I should read “something else”. Because it broadens my perspective on how things can be written. I am always learning. I’ve come across thrillers, movie-book tie in adaptations, testimonies, essay and opinion, outrageous children’s fiction, and so on, but they are all written differently. There are so many different ways of writing things that it prompts me to realize that the way an author writes something depends on the genre and the audience. This comes from reading various books–certain genres stick to a particular tone, reading level and ability, and a certain way of expressing something. An opinion piece for adults is written differently to kid’s fiction. The author’s general purpose may remain the same in whatever genre the author does, but one’s expression can change depending on the genre and the audience. There is more to knowing genres than reading generic work, though. There are rules to genres that one can research before leaping off the deep end and writing generic work willy nilly, which is advisable to any sensible writer. But still, thoughtless writing happens, and I speak from personal experience as well as observation.
While on the road of writing, if it’s full-time, part-time, casual, or as one can write in-between the necessities of life, sometimes there’s the urge to reach beyond the boundaries of one’s normal genres of writing. I’ve desired it and tried it, but tended to fall back on the predictable or the road well-traveled.
Submitted a short ‘meditation’. On the surface of it, I wouldn’t have called it a meditation, though.