The first time I mentioned to someone that I wanted to become an author, I was asked what genre I was interested in.
I didn’t even know what genre meant! That’s how new I was to this whole writing thing!!!
In case you are new—and we all have to be at some time—here is a common definition:
A genre is a category of composition. Within each genre, pieces have similarities in subject, style, and form.
Here is a current list of major writing types:
Classic, Crime, Drama, Fable, Fairy Tale, Fan Fiction, Fantasy, Folklore, Graphic Fiction, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Mythology, Realism, Science Fiction, Short Story, Suspense, Tall Tales, Westerns
Biographies, Essays, Personal narratives, Textbooks, Self-help, Journalism
When you begin to write, it is good to have a clear picture of your genre. (Most people write in the genre they most like to read, but that is not always the case.)
If you are writing because you love to write, first and foremost—if self-fulfillment or getting your message “out there” is the motivating factor, then you are free to write in any genre you’d like.
However, if your primary motivation is to make money, then consider the following as they are the most widely-read genres:
Mystery-Suspense/ Thriller/ Horror
Fantasy and paranormal
Science Fiction and Magical Realism
In the coming weeks, I will attempt to feature each of these genres in this blog.
Remember: Knowing our genres will help us understand our reading audience—one of the most important factors contributing to our success as writers.