My heart races. My insides churn. My skin prickles with fear and dread, and I break out in a sweat.
I'm not even kidding.
The thought of writing a steampunk novel scares the bajeezus out of me.
And I have no idea why.
It may deal with the tendency for steampunk to have a large scope, which is why I am also terrified of writing space operas, dystopians, and science-fiction in general. I'm not sure why. I love everything steampunk. I love science fiction, especially space operas, and I like dystopians if they're driven by science and technology rather than a plague. Yet, I refuse to write them. I am scared of writing them. I am not sure if I fear discovering the magic behind the stories and no longer enjoying them, or if I don't think I can successfully write such a story.
I write fantasy now, and I have experienced that loss of magic with other stories. When I see a fantasy film or read a fantasy novel, I pick it apart piece by piece until it is a conglomeration of craft notes. Whereas, when I watch a science-fiction film or read a novel, I immerse myself in the world. I'm fascinated by the characters and the technology, and I don't try to pick it apart. Will I lose that if I write science-fiction? Can I train myself to stop breaking down fantasy stories?
So those are my writing fears. I am afraid to write steampunk. I am afraid to write a space opera. (I am not so afraid to write a dystopian, as I would rather not write one -- they're so depressing.)
What genres are you afraid of? Which genres do you love but would never dream of writing?
Any tips on getting over these fears?