In grade school and creative writing classes, it’s not uncommon to be asked to experiment with different forms of writing: memoir, sonnet, reported essay.
Beyond that, I’m wondering how many of you continue to make those experiments. I haven’t written a non-satirical haiku since high school, or any other sort of poem; instead, I focus my non-professional writing activities on narrative fiction and the very, very occasional journal entry. And yet I remember those early efforts quite fondly, and I suspect I would learn a good deal if I forced myself to try to write in a different genre.
Do you still take chances writing in different genres, or do you stick to your chosen niche?