January 27, 2012

Genre As Diverse As Candy

There are millions of books in the world written by hundreds of different authors, each with a distinct style and voice of their own. No two books are alike and that leaves readers with countless options. This is also good news for writers. Since there are a variety of genres in literature, there is always a new book just waiting to be written.

When you have a story idea in mind, the next step is to choose a genre, if you don’t already have one picked out. For a first-time writer, picking a genre could be daunting, but look at it as an adventure instead. Each genre is a different path to explore. Take your time to find the one that fits with the idea you have in mind and will bring you all the way to “THE END.”

Fiction Genre List:      
· Action and Adventure
· Chick Lit
· Children’s
· Commercial Fiction
· Contemporary
· Crime
· Erotica
· Family Saga
· Fantasy
· Gay and Lesbian
· Historical
· Horror
· Humor
· Literary
· Military and Espionage
· Multicultural
· Mystery
· Religious
· Romance
· Science Fiction
· Supernatural and paranormal
· Thrillers and Suspense
· Western
· Women’s Fiction
· Young Adult

And every sub-genre in-between, which means you can combine two genres in one.

Do you feel like a kid in a candy store right now? So many delicious options to choose from, but which one do you really want?

To make the decision easier ask yourself these two simple questions (and feel free to share your answers):

QUESTION #1: What kind of books do you like to read?

QUESTION #2: What kind of movies do you like to watch?

For instance: I love to read romance novels and thrillers like J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series, and I enjoy watching movies with nonstop action and supernatural themes, which is why I have a passion for writing urban fantasy with a lot of action and a splash of romance.

As soon as you select the genre that you want to write in, there will be no stopping you.

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