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Choosing a genre

choosing a genre

You want to write, and you want to make sure the readers you’re looking for will be able to access your writing. This means that you will need to give your audience a way to find you. Choosing a genre allows your work to stand beside others that some similarities, so readers can seek out writing they enjoy more easily. It will help you determine what to do in certain scenarios, and it can help you figure out where your work fits into the writing world as a whole.

But how do you know which genre your work should go in?

Genre writing can help draw readers to specific types of work that interest them, and keep them coming back for more. It’s a great way to reach specific readers that you know are well-versed in the type of writing you enjoy producing. This means that you, too will need to be knowledgeable in the genre of your choice and be ready to share why your work fits into this category.

Consider your storyline carefully, as this will have a big impact on the genre your writing gets placed into. Every genre will have its own characteristics, and your writing will likely have more in common with one than the others. Make sure you are in tune with other writing in your genre. There are specific things that you will need to include in your writing for it to be placed in this area, and making sure to follow suit in these characteristics can help readers enjoy your work a bit more because they will have a general idea of what to anticipate.

That said, make your story your own and really get creative with your piece. If you aren’t sure what genre you are writing in, consider what you want to write. Genres will grow and fade in popularity, so trying to get in with what’s hot right now may cause you to lose interest in your work or to come across as inauthentic.

There is a chance that you will be straddling genres. This may be because of the way your story works out, or because you want a wider audience and this strategy can pay off at times. It can, however, also make an otherwise good piece of work fall through the cracks because it doesn’t entirely fit here of there. If your work does cross between genres, make sure it identifies strongly with one over the other so it has a firm home.


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