Tag: genre


Stop The Comparisons And Write Articles / On Writing

Stop the comparisons, stop trying to be the next big thing, and just write your book. Every day—several times a day, in fact—I see “What to read after ____” or “If you liked ___, you’ll love__,” and I must admit, I just shake my head. I get it—everyone wants to promote their book, wants it to be the next big thing, but my knee-jerk reaction...

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Articles / On Genre

I love thrillers, so when we selected the genres we wanted to write about, I claimed this one immediately. From Homer’s Odyssey and Little Riding Hood to Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and American Assassin by Vince Flynn, the thriller genre is one of the most popular in fiction books today. Books in this genre are designed to thrill readers, to keep the...

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Articles / On Genre

Divas on Genre: Mystery Fiction   Contemporary mystery fiction is also known as crime fiction or detective fiction and has earned the moniker of “the whodunit.” It’s a relatively new genre, having developed over the last two hundred years in direct correlation with increased levels of organized police forces. Early mysteries, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (1841) and The...

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On Genre / Special

Young Adult Fiction isn’t just for young adults anymore. But to be honest, was it ever? An estimated fifty-five percent of all YA books are sold to readers over the age of eighteen. With the popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (to name a few), more and...

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On Writing

Plot and Genre What’s the difference? A plot is a sequence of events that make up a story. It has a beginning, middle, and end. Sounds simple enough, right? Author E. M. Forester illustrated this with a simple comparison. Take a basic story, such as, “The king died and then the queen died.”  We don’t have much of a plot, certainly not one that would...

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Articles / On Writing

The five basic elements of plot are: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution These five elements are derived from Gustav Freytag’s pyramid-like analysis of dramatic structure, which consists of an exposition or beginning, a rising action, a climax or turning point, a falling action, and a resolution. Freytag, a nineteenth-century German playwright and novelist, developed this analysis to study the ancient Greek and Shakespearean dramas, but much...

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Articles / On Genre

I love historical fiction, whether it be a dramatization of real events, a what-if scenario, or a time travel. I have yet to find a well-written historical novel I didn’t liked. Now let me make myself clear. I like historical fiction. I’m not the scholarly type who dives into real history and vets out every minute detail of the era, unless I’m writing a novel....

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Kathie's Corner

Genre . . . How do I choose only two? In your submission letter, you are asked what genre your book is. Recently, Diva Jen wrote a wonderful blog post on this subject. It may be difficult, but you need to only list the first two that pertain to your manuscript. You need to be as specific as you can. To help you out, many genres are combined:...

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On Genre / Special

…and they lived happily ever after. Trite though it may sound, according to Romance Writers of America, a happy ending or “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending” is one of only two requirements for a story to be classified under the Romance genre. In order to meet both requirements, the story must also revolve around the romantic relationship between the two main characters. The love...

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On Genre / Special

A Protestant, two Catholics and a Mormon walk into a bar… Comedy. It’s that elusive and indefinable thing that makes us laugh. We cannot define it, but we know it when we see it (or read it). Senses of humor are as varied as our genetic codes. One man’s outrageously amusing is another’s disgusting tripe, and it takes a talented author indeed to conquer the...

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