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by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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We all have a favourite genre. Some enjoy a good romance while others prefer a bit of drama and suspense. Then there are the odd ones – like me – who like something a bit creepy and twisted.

Whenever I enter a book store I tend to head toward the crime or horror section. I rarely read any fiction outside of these genres, yet as a writer it’s something I should be doing regularly.

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It’s true that in order to write broadly, you have to read broadly – so just lately I've been stepping a little bit outside of the box. Right now I’m reading a little book about an Australian woman adapting to life in Berlin in the nineteen-thirties. I've never read anything like that before and I’m really enjoying it.

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Just recently I finished reading about shipwrecks off the Australian coastline. Fascinating stuff! I learned some things that I’ll probably never use, but just the exercise of stretching my mind to embrace the information has to be good for me.

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My next challenge is called ‘Sickened - the memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy childhood.’ This is another kind of topic I've never considered before, but one that will take me way outside of my familiar realm.

So whether you’re a writer or just enjoy the simple pleasure of reading as a pastime, why not take a step outside your comfort zone? Instead of heading left when you enter the book store, why not head right and see where it takes you? Find a genre you've never considered before. It will not only exercise your mind but you just might find a new favourite topic or favourite author.

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Wise words, I agree, so many new literary horizons to explore. For some people, reading outside their comfort zone is just plain hard work (I can understand that especially if they've already done a hard days work) but if they would try it but once, I am sure they would be surprised. I was! I always steered away from non-fiction like biographies but I've just read two and loved them. I deviated from crime fiction into sci-fi fantasy stylists like Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde and Kelly Link and their otherworlds blew me away, complex yet so understandable, humorous and so enjoyable. Vive la différence!

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