My Top Ten Tuesday topic this week (Why I Love to Read Sci-Fi and Horror) got me thinking if it really was more difficult to write in one fiction genre than in others?. My gut instinct is to say yes, and that science fiction is probably the hardest of the lot to write in. Now, my partner’s take on it is that historical fiction is probably the hardest because you have to write within the limits of what’s been established as historical fact, yet spin an entertaining yarn around it. Though, let’s be clear, here. Regardless of where I’ve ranked the genres on this list, anyone who can put together a coherent story has my admiration. So, here’s my list in order of hardest to easiest.
Science Fiction | Historical Fiction
Middle Grade Children’s Books
I respect anyone who can put together a decent tale, regardless of where the genre falls on my list. However, it just seems like some genres have to be more challenging. Just think of the difference between writing a hard sci-fi novel (where you’re required to be knowledgeable and to extrapolate potential futuristic technology based on past or current gadgets, gizmos, and schools of thought) and… Twilight.
Middle Grade Children’s Books made the list because, good lord, that seems like it would be a succeed wildly or fail horribly field. Kids at that age are so unpredictable and fickle. Getting the novel the right length, making sure your characters appeal to kids who have just above the attention span of a gnat, and especially hooking them for a series? More power to you if you can do it!
Epic fantasy I placed solid middle because while it might be hard to construct the world, it seems like everything is pretty established. A quest. Weapons. Mentor-dude. etc. Yes, yes, I know you could make that type argument for a lot of genres, but it is what it is.
So, dear readers, what do you think is the hardest fiction genre to write in? Did I leave out an obvious one? Are you offended because you can prove that epic fantasy or thrillers are the hardest to write in? (Mind you, I’m not saying published – just write in.) Now’s your chance to take the floor and prove me wrong. What’s the hardest fiction genre to write in?
Talk to me!