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I think I’ve fallen in that genre too. I got frustrated with my two main characters, so for NaNoWrMo, I ripped them out of the medieval fantasy setting and dropped them into a sci-fi setting. Which I’m now understanding is probably speculative.
I know what you mean about sci-fi feeling like your niche. I had so much trouble with those characters but they were so much more dynamic and interesting different in that new setting. Made me doubt my original intentions!
Hmm, that’s a neat idea (putting your characters in a different setting). Maybe you could do a sci-fi story that’s set in a medieval time period?
I just looked up the definition of speculative fiction because I kind of forgot. It’s “a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements.” I prefer to think of myself as a speculative fiction writer (rather than a sci-fi or fantasy writer) because I don’t like to be boxed in. One writer that I really admire is Hannah Heath, who is a Christian speculative fiction writer. I haven’t read any of her books, but her plotlines are so outside-the-box, probably crossing across different genres and settings.
I need to print out and tape the speculate fiction definition and put it somewhere prominent!!
I have trouble falling under either the Sci-Fi or Fantasy genres comfortable; there are so many tropes and such within them that I find… odd at best. Now that I think hard about it, I think Speculative is what I do write.
I’ve seen a lot of Hannah Heath’s stuff on pinterest! I really like it! Really helped me a lot when I first started writing.
And I’ll probably loose sleep tonight imagining my characters jumping from sci-fi back to medieval…