Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What's Your Genre?

If you have always dreamed of being a writer, you can live your dreams by writing and self-publishing your book. The first thing that you need to do is to know your genre. A genre is the class or category of written works, of which the most popular include science fiction, romance, and mystery and suspense.
The one rule of writing is that you should write what you know. If you have a specific genre that you read, such as women’s fiction or legal thrillers, chances are this is what you will want to write about. Review your interests and the type of books that you read before deciding on your genre. 
Since there are many different genres available in both fiction and non-fiction, have a plan of what it will be about and the genre it will fill. If you are not sure of your book’s genre, take a trip to your local bookstore, find the books that you like to read and see in what genre the store places the books.

Crossing the Lines
Some books will cross genre lines. A good example of that is the popular vampire-themed Twilight series, which crossed the genres of romance, fantasy and young adult fiction. Some books will fit neatly into a specific genre. For instance, the New York Times bestseller, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, fits solidly into the historical fiction genre with its setting in occupied France during World II.  It should be clear to your readers what your book is about because most readers have specific types of books that they like to read. 
Before you start writing, read books in the genre in which you are interested to get a feel for this specific type of writing. For instance, popular genres in non-fiction are cookbooks, biographies, and self-help books, like the perennial favorite, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Having a specific genre is important because it will help you to market your book properly when you are ready to publish it.

So, if you aspire to write non-fiction works, review the books you’ve read and really enjoyed as a way to improve your writing skills. This will give you a jump start not only with what to write in your book, but the way in which you want to write it so that it fits in the specific genre in which you want to write your book. 

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