NaNoWriMo QuickStarts: Genre Before All

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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.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.