So, you want to write a book? Where do you begin? This is the question many aspiring authors have when they think about writing their first book. They wonder if they have the skills necessary. I’m here to tell you, “You begin with an idea and you have the skills!”
Every author started in the same place, the beginning. Some went to college for their MFA, others read tons of books on the subject, and others simply jump in feet first. I don’t suggest the latter option. And you don’t need to attend college in order to learn how to write, but you do need to do your research first.
Understanding the different expectations of genres, categories, and audience are key to writing a great book. There’s much more, but this information is a good start.
Today, we’ll focus on the differences in GENRES.
What is Genre?
According to dictionary.com, the genre is a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like.
Examples of Genres
What is Subgenre?
According to Dictionary.com, a subgenre is a lesser or subordinate genre.
Examples of Subgenres
How does genre affect the length of a book?
For instance, science fiction and fantasy often run longer than romance. Why? Science fiction and fantasy worlds usually contain much more world-building. World-building is a term that encompasses all the details that create a new world, other than present-day earth. A new world might include different political systems, creatures, aliens, economies, society standards, plants, homes, etc. There are many books I could use as examples for world-building, but one that comes to mind is Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
To understand more about genre and length, purchase A Wordy Woman’s Guide for Writing a Book (coming soon) on Amazon. In the book, I dig deeper and give examples of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult books separated into 13 different genres.
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