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It can be hard to change.

Especially if you’ve been doing things one way for a while.

When I first started writing I began as a science fiction writer. Mostly because if you wanted to write genre short stories, the only place to submit were science fiction magazines.

That’s essentially what I stuck to.

Mostly because I was young and didn’t know how to write anything else. Then, I was hired by a blogging startup to post content for them. I was allowed to post whatever I wanted as long as it got views.

My stuff was doing well, and I tried mixing fiction in, which to my surprise people liked and it allowed to keep writing it.

Next thing I know, October rolls around. I get the crazy idea to write a horror story every day.

This was much, much harder than I thought it would be. I remember running our of ideas by the fourth day. But, I made it through and learned a lot.

Because it was October, and Halloween was approaching, I thought it prudent to make all of the stories horror and ghost stories. They did much better than I thought.

Next thing I know, I’m a horror writer, and it was I was increasingly getting known for.

That’s still primarily what I write and when I write horror it does the best. This is a combination of a lot of practice and horror just being popular as well. It’s generally not a hard sell. People love scary stuff.

But, I have been writing a lot of horror and I still love writing it. I like scaring people. I like shocking people and pushing the line.

I wanted to see if I could write something else. I wanted to know if i could just write a solid story without twists or scares, or shocking the reader.

And so I tried something new.

It was fun.

I liked writing it and I think I will be writing more.

Here is the first experiment if you’re interested.

And the most recent attempt.

Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.

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