For the letter E, I received 42 suggestions. Random.org selected number 32: eclectic.
PS--My Mondays and Wednesdays have me running around without good internet access all day until 9pm EST (US). I'll get back to you, but it might be late tonight.
[i'klektik] -- adjective: deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
Is it okay to be eclectic as a writer? What I mean by this is: Are we limited to the genre in which we market our first work? Or can we branch out? Can a romance author pen a cozy mystery? Can an MG author for boys write YA for girls? Can a picture book author write an adventure series for adults?
Don't get me wrong, I understand the need to focus on what we're good at. And, well, I'm not ready to walk away from my 16-23 year old girls and women quite yet (yup, that's my select audience). But, if I wanted to, how would the publishing world (assuming I could break into it) accept my wanting to try something different?
I'm not saying I'm going that route now. I'm just saying, shouldn't it be possible?
What do you think? Is an eclectic writer bad? Would you read a romance author's attempt at a thriller?
PS--Today I'm taking suggestions for I. Have some? Leave them below.