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Choosing Your Writing Genre - The Writer's Inclinations Exposed
Choosing Your Writing Genre
Your Signature Writing Genre
Writers are inclined toward a specific genre. Some writers prefer non-fiction, while others choose fiction. Then, there are the individual genres like historical fiction, suspense, sci-fi and others. Choosing your writing genre depends entirely on you, the writer. It takes a bit of digging into your writing nature to discover which genre suits your writing skills best. It is important to make this choice in order for your work to be defined by publishers of your books and your readers.
Your Genre Comes From Deep Within Your Literary Well
From the imaginative minds of writers, come a wealth of creative ideas that form their first venture into writing. Take note of the specifics of your plot, characters, time line and dialogue. It will be a clue to defining the genre upon which you may choose to base your writing career. Writers are not limited to the walls a genre can create. Many of our most prolific writers begin with sci-fi and go on to write whole epic dramas complete with pathos and passion.
How Does Your Genre Choice Affect Your Literary Reputation?
Those of us who choose fiction know we are small fish in a huge ocean of writers. Nearly all of the "How to" tomes written to aid writers in getting published offer the same advice: "Write to your readers." and "Write what you know." Your choice of genre should be an extension of your personality. This is how you develop your literary reputation. If you are a quirky person who always upstages others without trying, your genre might be well suited to the imaginative world of the genre of sci-fi. If you are the dark, introverted Goth type personality, your genre might kindle a flame in suspense or thrillers. For the no-nonsense, profusely articulate types, non-fiction biographies can lure you to this particular genre. Enhance your personality traits through your writing skills so that your readers question who you are. Enough to want to know more about you, the author of books that keep them spellbound from one novel to the next. This is one way to build your literary reputation through your chosen genre.
Once Chosen, Twice Published
Market yourself as an author and your novels in the framework of your chosen genre. If you are tempted to make a switch, delay this until you are published more than twice. Your first two novels will create our literary persona soon enough. Adding multiple genres can confuse your readers and might scatter your literary reputation among publishers and editors. If an editor is looking for a tightly written suspense novel, they will want to make the author in that genre. This is true for traditional publishing as well as e-book publishing.