Way back in 2006, I wrote some “quick start” articles for NaNoWriMo participants. We started a couple of months before November, and writers told me that the articles inspired them and helped them to focus.
With just five days before NaNoWriMo starts this year, there’s not a lot of time left, but you can start off the right way, by selecting a genre as I said in this article, Angela Booth’s Writing Blog: NaNoWriMo QuickStart 1: Pick a genre:
“The first thing you might want to do is to choose your fictional genre. Will your novel be:
* a romance
* a Western
* a mystery
* a thriller”
Why pick a genre?
It’s essential because readers have expectations, and they choose a book because they want to immerse themselves in a certain kind of world. If you give those readers what they want, you’ll get readers. On Amazon, readers search for genres, and once they’ve purchased a book or two in a genre, Amazon will serve up more books in the genre in its Recommendations.
Some readers confine themselves to a broad genre, like romance, and sub-genres within the genre. They may read historical fiction for example, and ONLY Regency romances.
Once you get readers who are focused on a specific genre, they’re voracious. They read just about anything within that genre.
I read widely; usually at least one book a day. That’s no hardship; I read fast. If you write in a genre I like, i will read whatever you produce. I’m always looking for new Westerns, for example. Give me a horse and a cowboy, and I’m yours. I also love historical fiction; I read very widely, and if I love a book, I’ll reread it many times.
One of my friends loves Regencies. Write anything set in the Regency era, and she’ll read it. Another friend loves cozy mysteries featuring a sleuth with a dog….
So, as you prepare for NaNoWriMo, choose a genre. This gives you a built-in, bolted on, readership for your book.
If you’re not sure which genre to write in, visit Goodreads/ Explore. You’ll see the genre links in the sidebar on the right side of the page.