Ryan M. Church

What genre is your book?

In Uncategorized on October 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Mad Genius Club

I’ve run into a few interesting miscategorizations lately, so let’s go over this one again.

What is genre? Genre was originally how a bookstore shelved fiction so the readers could find the stories they preferred. Over time, each genre has grown to have its own defining characteristics, based on what its readers want and expect. How you categorize your books, therefore, should be based not on what you think the book has in it, but based on where the readers who want a story like that will be looking.

What are those defining characteristics? They are the setting, the character’s emotional arcs, the type of plot, the pacing, and the theme.

Important Note: if you do not read widely in a genre, chances are you’re not writing a book in that genre. This is a common mistake for new authors. If your book has explicit sex in it, that doesn’t…

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