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Friday, 8 April 2011

G:Genre

How do you choose your genre?
From what you enjoy reading yourself? Your hobby or profession? The films and TV dramas you enjoy?




The advice is to
Choose a Genre:

Children’s
Contemporary romance
Contemporary fiction
Historical romance
Historical fiction
Humour
Paranormal
Fantasy
Science fiction
Suspense
Thriller
Women’s Fiction
Young Adult

Now pick a sub-genre and combine the two.

Then give it a unique spin. That way your novel will be more lilkely to find a place on the bookstore shelves, apparently.

You can also check out the OU Get Writing tips

Would you consider trying a different genre?

I love costume dramas, but would never presume to write one.
I watch some TV crime dramas and a lot of sci fi fantasy. I love children's books.
I read alot of Women's fiction and recently YA and chose that and YA as my chosen genre.

21 comments:

  1. This is a cool tip! Love the idea :) maybe I'll try for that this coming NaNo :)

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  2. This is a thought that deserves more thought and more coffee. Have a great week-end!

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  3. Glad I found you, I too write YA and women's fiction. I think two genres is enough for me right now though!

    http://christinemurray.blogspot.com/

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  4. I really enjoy writing women's fiction - it's also what I like to read, so it just seemed natural.

    Happy Friday!

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  5. Hi Madeleine...hope you are feeling better now (you wrote on my blog that you were feeling ghastly). Is it the thyroid? It can be quite a pain.

    Loved the idea of picking a genre and a sub genre and combining the two. Thanks.

    My genre is Middle Grade Fiction.

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  6. Awesome tip. I never really thought of trying to combine two until I came across a few authors who write science fiction with a romantic angle. It really does work!

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  7. Would be interesting to try some genre mash-ups!

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  8. Ooooh paranormal with contemporary fiction!! That's my genre!!! Yay!! I feel happier now - thank you! Take care
    x

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  9. My favourite reading is historical fiction - but, although (or maybe because) I'm an historian by profession, I would never presume to write one of these. The best historicals are a testament to probably many years of research, the worst contain inaccuracies, anachronisms and archaic language that make me want to scream! I haven't the patience to spend years researching, but I don't want to produce one of the latter kinds of historical novel. So I stick to contemporary romance.
    http://paulamartinpotpourri.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh, yes! I love reading many different genres so I want to write different genres, too. But I want to establish myself and my writing career in one genre first before branching out. :)

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  11. I like combining genres. Sci fi, action adventure, technology, and even a love story. Gotta have a love story to balance out the action scenes.

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  12. I always loved fantasy and never dreamed of writing anything else. Mine novel is m/g fantasy which ties into y/a. It's a series I'm working on.

    BUT, before I finished the second novel, I wrote an edgy y/a contemporary. And I loved it. So yes, it looks like I'll be writing in different genres.

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  13. I think the genre chooses me. My main focus has been fantasy but I've also written YA, literary fiction and chick lit. Which ever way the wind happens to send me, I will go.

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  14. I love mystery but I'm better at writing suspense/thriller.

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  15. I write horror fantasy, but I enjoy reading/watching all sorts of things. (Although I must admit, I am a bit of a 'chit lit' snob. If it looks like they would give it away with the summer issue of a woman's magazine, I steer clear)

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  16. Gosh - that list is an eyeopener ... As a reader, I realise I lean towards books that are a joint genre (mostly crime stories that double as love stories - e.g. Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books.)
    Thanks for the post
    All best
    Karla

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  17. What an interesting thought Madeleine

    I naturally gravitated towards science fiction and fantasy because that is what draws me as a reader. Since doing the book blurb Friday, I have begun to wonder whether I might be able to try my hand at other genres (under a pseudonym of course!)

    Hope your health is improving

    :Dom

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  18. Although fantasy is my favourite genre, I've branched out into other genres to stretch the creativity.

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  19. I'd never read fantasy until I started writing it and I did not intend to write fantasy. I started writing and a wyvern showed up in chapter two, go figure.

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  20. Everyone has a different process, but I get a basic idea and then it kind of chooses its own genre.

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  21. I'd love to try some genre mash-ups! I write in a number of different genres, so I'm a bit genre-ADD... but combining them... something new to try :)

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