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Picking Your Genre by Paul Anthony Shortt

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One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a writer is deciding what genre you want to work in. This isn’t something to choose lightly, as each genre has its own conventions and, subsequently, each genre’s readers will have their own expectations. While you can stray from the rules and even bend or break them if you’re skilled enough, being able to do so depends on having a firm following of readers already established.

But how do you decide? There are genres to cover almost any story style you can think of, and make no mistake, it’s firmly on you, as the author, to decide what genre fits your book and how you’re going to promote it.

So here are my top sites for getting to grips with genres:

1: Sub-Genre Descriptions – You could easily get lost searching through all possible genres and sub-genres which have been used to define fiction, but this list from Writer’s Digest is a solid place to start.

2: The Importance of Knowing Your Genre – Above all else, knowing your genre is a way to have an answer to the question “What do you write?” Without that, you can’t expect to be taken seriously as an author.

3: How to Pick the Right Genre – Next up we go back to Write to Done, for their help figuring out what genre is right for you.

4: 5 Ways to Tell You’re in the Wrong Genre – No-one gets everything right straight out of the gate. It may well be that you pick a genre you’ve always enjoyed reading, or one that seems hot right now, and it’s not really the right one for you. If you find yourself unsure, check this article to see if you’ve chosen the right genre, or if it’s time to change.

5: Breaking Free of Genre – The best writers can take something familiar and make it feel fresh and new. Sometimes that means defying convention and reader expectations. When you’ve found the genre you’re comfortable in, don’t be afraid to experiment a little, and add some spice that will excite your readers.

That’s all for this week, folks. Have fun, and good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.
Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.

Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com

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