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    Do you read books in the genre you write?

    Reading in your genre can be both useful and a problem. It depends on how you take it, how it affects your writing, and how you use it. If it helps you hone your skills, it’s fine. But if it ties you down to a kind of writing that is far from being your own voice or that makes your work look like any other work in the same genre, you might want to avoid it. Genres have tropes. They have elements that make them what they are. Action stories, for example, usually have a chase scene. Crime novels always have a forensic team and a detective with some sort…