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Announcement #2: 200-FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY WINNERS
Congrats to the following 3 winners chosen courtesy of random.org!! Yay!
Donea Lee, Kimberly, and Lois D. Brown (click to visit their websites)
Winners, email me at artzicarol [at] gmail [dot] com to arrange to receive a manuscript critique or a copy of Junction 2020. If a critique, send one chapter (or entire manuscript if a picture book).
GENRE: WHAT IT IS NOT
I've heard writers say their writing genre is young adult , or YA. This isn't technically correct. YA is a CATEGORY rather than a genre. This is important to know, because you will need to state your category as well as your genre when you query agents and editors.
The following are categories or classifications of writing:
Young adult, middle grade, picture book, adult fiction, graphic novels, non-fiction, biography, memoir, poetry, new adult (college-age characters and situations), etc.
GENRE: WHAT IT IS
Once you choose which category to write in, you can select what you like to write within that category. For instance, you choose to write YA. But what kind of YA do you want to write? Horror? Paranormal? Fantasy? Those are genres.
Here is an alphabetical list of genres with brief descriptions; these usually refer to novels or short stories. This list is probably not comprehensive. There can also be blends or sublevels of these genres, such as Historical Romance or Paranormal Horror.
Chick Lit: romantic comedy; searching for the perfect man, shoes, and clothing
Christian fiction: exploring Christian themes and/or with a Christian world view
Contemporary: stories set in present times; often "issue" books (anorexia, suicide)
Cozy Mystery: with less blood, violence, & sex; often with elderly/animal detectives
Cyberpunk: science fiction or advanced science with a low-life/underground society
Dystopian: bleak, oppressive utopias gone bad (often combined with post-apocalyptic)
Fantasy: can be light or high; generally involves magic & often set in a different world
Historical: set in times past; even if set twenty years ago it can be considered historical
Horror: containing scary, bloody elements that make people scream and shiver
Magical Realism: contemporary stories with a twist or hint of magic; often romantic
Mystery: the traditional "whodunit," involving clues and problems/crimes to solve
Paranormal: a human world involving supernatural creatures, abilities, or powers
Paranormal Romance: romance (often sensual/erotic) involving supernatural creatures
Post-Apocalyptic: dealing with life after some cataclysmic, world-altering event
Romance: involving characters who meet and fall in love; often formulaic in plot
Science Fantasy: a blend of science fiction & fantasy elements; magic may be involved
Science Fiction: based on science/hypothetical scientific developments, like space travel
Steampunk: advanced technology meshed with steam power & Victorian-like settings
Thriller: fast-paced mystery/crime novel involving major-league adventure/danger
True Crime: non-fiction mystery that is actually true; fast-paced and reads like fiction
Urban Fantasy: fantasy (involving magic, fairies, etc.) set in a very human-type city
Urban Fiction: no fantasy elements, set in a city, usually w/ violence, gangs, drugs, sex
Women's Fiction: stories about women (middle to upper class) & their relationships
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What CATEGORY or classification do you write in? (YA, MG, adult fiction, poetry, etc.)
What GENRE is your favorite, that you write the most?
Can you think of any other genres to add to this list?