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Ready, Set, Write! What’s Your Genre?

Horror Genre

It’s officially National Novel Writing Month and in addition I’m also participating in the South Florida Social Media 30 day blog challenge.  Now that’s a whole lot of writing.  I will do my best to write every single day.  Some days it will be blog posts in addition to the novel I’m reworking.  I’m a very slow writer and a novel is a huge project so I like to prepare as much as possible.  In preparation for diving back in I spent the week reading about story structure .

One exercise I found helpful was thinking about the genre of the story I’m trying to tell.  Readers have certain expectations.  For example horror genre readers will expect to be terrified at some point while in the Fantasy genre expectations are that something magical or supernatural will happen.  My story is a combination of both.  The main character has supernatural abilities and there are tons of monsters and magical creatures running around causing lots of trouble terrifying the heck out of people.

What is genre?

Genre is a classification characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.

Wikipedia has a crazy long list of genres you can check out HERE.  I counted sixteen subcategories under the Fantasy Genre alone: contemporary, urban, dark, fables, fairy tales, epic, high fantasy, heroic, legend, magical, mythic, sword, planet, science, etc.  Some subcategories of the Horror genre: ghost stories, monster, werewolf, vampire, occult, slasher, survival, etc.  Reading the list is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

How to figure out your genre.

One way to figure out your genre is to find other stories similar to yours.  Clicking around on the Barnes & Noble website  made me realize they didn’t have a Fantasy section, they have a Science Fiction combined with Fantasy section.  After some more clicking it seems my story would fit under their Dark Fantasy section.  There are some really cool authors there like Anne Rice, Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, etc.  You can do the same either online or in a real world book store.  Knowing your genre will help you figure out who your audience is and what that reader is expecting from your story.

Tell me about what you’re writing today.


“Don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre.”  Carlos Fuentes

“I am self-educated from genre books.”  Charlaine Harris

“Dismissing fantasy writing because some of it is bad is exactly like saying I’m not reading Jane Eyre because it is a romance and I know romance is crap.” China Miéville

“All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new.”  Neil Gaiman

“Good writing is good writing. In many ways, it’s the audience and their expectations that define a genre. A reader of literary fiction expects the writing to illuminate the human condition, some aspect of our world and our role in it. A reader of genre fiction likes that, too, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the story.” Rosemary Clement-Moore

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Writing: How to Find Your Blogs Voice

Style is the perfection of point of view.

Style is the perfection of point of view.

The internet and blogging platforms are the greatest things ever invented in my opinion.  Previously we were stuck with only one view, the corporate owned media who generates content purely to sell products.  Most of which is harmful to our self esteem.  It’s not healthy to be bombarded with messages telling you how much you need to improve this or that.  The beauty of reading blogs is exposure to alternative perspectives.

Every blog has a particular voice.  Writing voice is the uniqueness of an authors writing style.  It’s not just the words they use but also the perspective they bring to them.  On this blog I write about subjects I care about.  One tends to write more passionately about things we find important.  I use certain expressions and certain styles which all contribute to my unique voice.

The more you develop your voice the more successful you will become with your readers.  Infusing your writing with your personality helps engage your audience.  Revealing your personality gives you authenticity making you a reliable source to your audience.

 10 Steps to Finding Your Blogs Writing Voice

10 Steps to Finding Your Blogs Writing Voice

10 Steps to Finding Your Blogs Writing Voice


  1. Name 10 adjectives about yourself.
  2. Name 10 favorite books and similarities between them.
  3. Determine your purpose for writing.
  4. Write down what your passions are.
  5. Is there something you would like to change in the world?
  6. Define your audience.  Who are you writing for?
  7. What skills have you mastered?
  8. Are you an expert at a subject?
  9. Tell your stories.
  10. Ask a friend.
Style is the perfection of point of view.

Style is the perfection of point of view.


The more you write the easier it will be to find your voice.  How would you describe your unique voice?

If you have a blog be sure to leave it in the links so I can visit.



“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”  T.S. Eliot 

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”  Rumi

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”  Joyce Carol Oates

“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”  Laurie Halse Anderson 

“If you hear a voice within you say „you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”  Vincent van Gogh

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”  Steve Jobs

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Writer’s Block: 25 Things To Do When You Can’t Write

When the words don’t flow …

When the words don't flow

  1. Create a list.
  2. Read good writing.
  3. Listen to music.
  4. Write down ideas.
  5. Research.
  6. Read the news.
  7. Watch a good movie.
  8. Watch a terrible movie.
  9. Recite a poem.
  10. Phone a friend.
  11. Exercise.
  12. Take a walk.
  13. Read the dictionary.
  14. Visit a garden or do some gardening.
  15. Visit the beach.
  16. Go to the mall and people watch.
  17. Try free writing.
  18. Take a nap.
  19. Print out and edit previous writings.
  20. Write a letter to someone you admire.
  21. Meditate.
  22. Cook something.
  23. Imagine everything you would write if you had a limited time.
  24. Create an outline.
  25. Write anyway.


How do you deal with writer’s block?




“If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.”  R.A. Salvatore


“If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.”  Kingsley Amis


” Why would we write if we’d already heard what we wanted to hear?”  James Richardson


“A professional writer is someone who writes just as well when they’re not inspired as when they are.”  Philip Pullman


 Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.”  Madeleine L’Engle

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