Genre

6 Myths About Genre That Should Be Shattered

6 Myths About Genre That Should Be Shattered

The boundary lines of genre have become a lot more fluid in recent years, especially since the boom of online fiction, self-publishing and independent publishing. However, it is still important to understand the role of genre for the author who wants to establish a brand…
Has technology changed the way we write fiction?

Has Technology Changed The Way We Write Modern Fiction?

Has technology changed the way we write fiction? Just this weekend, I was reading a novel set in the 80s. The character was making a call on the courtesy phone aboard the Concorde before it took off. ‘Hang on a minute,’ I thought. ‘Sadly, we…

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…
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