Writing Fiction: Write in a Genre or Not?

Want to get published? Here’s a tip, if you’re writing a novel: pick a genre.

In the four years since I wrote this blog post, First Steps To Write A Novel: Pick A Genre, I’ve had several ill-informed comments from unpublished writers who think they know how to write and sell.

That’s fine — when you’re writing a book, it’s your book, so do what you please.

But it’s advice you should consider if you’re serious about writing a book and getting published.

You can even create your own genre, as Mary Higgins Clark has done, over many years.

As this article, Mary Higgins Clark: The Case of the Best-Selling Author – WSJ.com, points out:

“Ms. Clark has perfected a formula that appeals to a broad swath of mystery readers, 70% of whom are women. Her novels feature beautiful, intelligent women in danger, who often orchestrate their own escapes. Her heroines tend to be ambitious, self-made professionals—doctors, lawyers, journalists, interior designers. “

Why pick a genre? Essentially, because readers want what they want, and they want certain types of books at certain times. Paranormal novels are a genre, which Amanda Hocking has mined to the tune of $4 million in a year.

Suspense, romance (and its many sub-genres), science fiction, mystery etc are all genres.

If you’re a new writer, writing in a genre may seem to constrain you, however those boundaries can teach you how to write — and if you’re serious about writing fiction, it’s something you need to learn.

Books surpass their genres to become mainstream bestsellers every year. So just write the best book you can.

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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.