Genre

5 Ways To Write In A Genre And Still Be Original

If you don’t want to write to genre, and if you don’t believe in it, please feel free to stop reading now. There are definite benefits to writing in a specific genre. Readers and publishers like knowing what to expect from a book. But one…

World-Building For Every Genre: The Ultimate Setting Checklist

Last week I discussed the importance of setting and what we can learn from sci-fi and fantasy writers about world-building. By following  their guidelines, we can strengthen our setting and make our worlds more complete. Here is a checklist to get you started. Below the checklist…

Past Or Present Tense? Which One Will You Use?

Different tenses suit different stories, certain genres, and various authors’ styles. The tense you choose should also suit the personality of your main viewpoint character. The Past And The Present The past tells us what happened: I ached. She loved. You needed. The present shows us…

Don’t Ever Do This When You Write For Children

Writing for children is amazing and challenging, but: Don’t underestimate them: Kids are small, but they‘re smart. Don’t think you have to dumb things down for them.  The rules of fiction still apply. They have just been distilled. The reduced word count forces you to understand your story and…

3 Ways To Build Your Own Genre

Don’t Follow The Crowd  A few weeks ago, a friend who is a social media editor, posted on Facebook that vampire stories are no longer popular — ghost stories are the new vogue. Great, you think. I’ll write a ghost story that’ll sell a million…
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