So, yesterday was a pretty big writing day for me. I was talking over an idea for a pilot with my lover since I have a friend who has had quite a bit of luck selling pilots. I was bouncing an idea of my lover and this story started forming in my head. There were quite a few problems with my idea, but then solutions for them were popping in my head like magic. My lover didn't see all my answers as fixes, but I said I thought I could fix them fully while I was writing. Then my lover said. "Why are you trying to write this as a pilot?" I've had some really good luck with short stories lately, and my lover thought I should stick with that form for this story. This story is science fiction. I don't usually write science fiction and have never pulled off a genre story that is very good let alone publishable. The world is in my head, but I am making the story up as I go. I will say I think this is the most unique story idea I've ever had, even though I am aware at the same time that it's probably not. I don't want to go into any details, only because I'm still writing it and not in a place for any feedback about the specifics of a world I'm still trying to figure out. I told my lover to stop talking about it after a while because it was going to mess me up. And then I went to write. I went to write science fiction. Crazy. I'm about ten or so pages in. I'm guessing that's a third of the story. I have this sort of internal structure radar that's usually pretty right about where I am in a story and how much more there is to go and even if I don't have a story planned out, I know how long I need to build tension, how long to stay at the top, when the ending is coming. It's probably from writing a million short stories, but I can count on my hand the number of times I've written science fiction. I feel good about this but also very nervous. If you write something that could obviously never happen, is it harder to pull off making it in to a believable story? How often do you try out or slip into a genre that is not your norm? And by the way, I blame all the genre writers around here. Part of me just wants to fit in more with the majority who seem to write genre. I'm also wondering if you guys think I made the right choice by writing it as a short story vs. a pilot. I don't know if a different genre than I'm used to might work better in a form I'm also not so used to. I have read science fiction short stories, mostly from Ray Bradbury. I've written one pilot, but it was more of a genre-free drama, and I never tried to do anything with it. Nothing my pilot-writing friend has sold yet has turned into an actual show, but a lot of places seem to just give a one-time payment and the writer of the pilot is done. She also makes a lot more selling her pilots than short stories. I'm just wondering how often you leave the comfort of what you usually do to try something a new genre or a new form. Do you romance writers ever try fantasy? Do you fantasy writers ever try literary fiction? Do you science fiction writers ever try historical fiction? Or is it better to just stick with where your strengths seem to lie? And, also, do you stick with the form you are best with like novels or short stories or poetry or plays? There are endless stories and endless ways to tell them. How do you make the right choices?