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"I don’t care that you did it to save me. You didn’t save anyone."

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Writability: How to Determine Your WIP's Genre »

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Oftentimes, I’ve seen agents talk about receiving queries for manuscripts pitched with three or more genres, which is a problem because it shows that the writer isn’t really sure what the genre is.

Determining your genre can, at times, be tricky, especially if your WIP has crossover elements (that is, elements that would appeal to other genres or categories). But long before you begin querying, it’s very important that you have a solid grasp on what your WIP’s genre and category are.

That being said, here are some steps to take when determining your manuscript’s genre and category.

  1. Understand the difference between genre and category. Genre and category are not words that can be used interchangeably—they refer to two very different categorical labels. 

    A book’s genre refers to the type of subject matter, that is, Fantasy, Contemporary, Adventure, Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi, etc. Within a genre there are sub genres—Paranormal Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Space Opera, Dystopia, Steampunk, etc. 

    The category, on the other hand, refers to the age group, such as Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult and Adult. Within each category is a wide range of genre possibilities—Middle Grade Adventure, Young Adult Sci-Fi, New Adult Paranormal, Adult Thriller, etc. For your WIP’s purposes, you’ll want to know the category and genre (or subgenre, if applicable). One of each. There’s no such thing as a Middle Grade Young Adult Adventure Contemporary Romance Fantasy. Got it? Ok. 

    For a slightly more detailed look at category vs. genre, take a look at this post.

  2. Narrow down to whatever genres you think your WIP might be. If you’re going through this process, it’s because you’re not entirely sure what genre or category fits your book best. That’s ok, like I said, it can be tricky sometimes. Write down whatever genres and/or categories you think may fit your book, then move on to the next step. 

  3. Get to know those genres/research. This is the step that will take the longest. The only way to really determine what genre best fits your manuscript is to get to know those genres. Read books in the genres you’re considering, get to know the tropes that exist within the genres and do some research online. Read, research, repeat until you’re comfortable with the genres. 

  4. Ask yourself, “Which genre is closest to my manuscript?” Now this, to me, is the trickiest step. The thing is, there’s a lot of variety within every genre. For example, the Twilight series is extraordinarily different from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, even though both are YA Paranormal dealing with vampires—and both are markedly different from Ink, which is still Paranormal but doesn’t have any vampires at all. Matched is not the same as The Hunger Games even though both are YA Dystopias and Across the Universe is very different from The 5th Wave even though both are YA Sci-Fi. 

    The key is not to look at every element your WIP has. Just because there’s romance doesn’t mean you’ve written a Romance novel, and just because you’ve written a futuristic Sci-Fi novel doesn’t mean you’ve written a Dystopia. 

    What you want to focus on is what the main elements of your WIP are and decide what genre best embodies those elements. The Shatter Me series, for example, has many paranormal elements, but the prevailing main element is fighting the oppressive Reestablishment, which is a dystopian-type government in a very dystopian setting, and thus is mainly categorized as a Dystopian novel. The Mortal Instruments series has vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc. but is categorized as Urban Fantasy because of it’s very urban NYC-setting. Across the Universe has a heavy mystery element, but is categorized as Sci-Fi because the main elements involve a spaceship and technological advances like long-term space travel and cryogenics. 

If your WIP has crossover appeal, that’s definitely not a bad thing, but it’s not an excuse to slap three or four genres on your manuscript, either. Choose the category and genre that fits your manuscript best and let your book (and the summary of your book) reveal the rest.

Have you had difficulty determining a category or genre for your manuscript or a book you’ve read? How did you figure it out? 

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Writing Prompt

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You have just crash-landed (or been blindfolded and dropped off) in the rain-forest. What do you do?

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Looking for a bit of advice :) I've had an outline for a book written out for a while now and I can see it progressing into more books. However when get down to writing the first draft, because I know pretty much exactly what's happening next I seem to rush and don't give the story enough depth. I can obviously go beck and edit, but was wondering if you have any tips on knowing how much depth is needed in certain parts of a story? Thanks (love the blog by the way)

Pace yourself. Pace the scene. Pace the chapter. Pace the novel. Figure out what you want to go where. Try working everything out (it can even be in your head) before you write it. You don’t need to plan the entire novel down to a perfect T but just figure out your mental image for the scene. Then, do your best to put it to paper. It may not translate perfectly, but that’s what later drafts are for.

How would the characters act in the scene? This helps me with pacing. Your characters shouldn’t act like minions to the story. They should do more than move the plot forward. In fact, some of them should even slow it down. Keep your characters true to themselves.

Which scenes will be the most important to the characters and the plot? These are the scenes that need the most depth. You can skim over your character needing a shower or buying a spare part for their car if that will mean little to the rest of the story.

Good luck! Sorry for the wait, my ask box is pretty backed up. Thanks for the patience!

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My main character is horrendously boring? I'm trying to make her normal but posses flaws at the same time, but somehow she comes off as someone who makes me want to doze off while I'm writing the story.
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eternal-books:

To thank my amazing followers for sticking with me more than a year and to celebrate a huge follower milestone, here’s a giveaway of some of my favorite books!

There will be two winners and each will get to pick one book from above! 

Rules

  • You must be following eternal-books since this is to thank all my followers!
  • Reblog and like the post to enter. Reblog as many times as you like but be considerate to your followers! 
  • I know some of the books listed above belong to a series, so you may choose from the series provided the book has been published! 
  • This giveaway is international, I will be ordering from the Book Depository.
  • You must be comfortable giving me your address, I promise it will be used to ship your books only
  • The winners will be chosen randomly through a random number generator.
  • Your ask box must be open so I can contact you if you win! The chosen winner must respond within 48 hours.
  • No giveaway blogs.
  • If the book you have chosen is available as paperback or hardcover, you will be able to choose.
  • This giveaway ends May 16th, 2014 at 12:00am EST
  • If you have any questions contact me HERE

Again, thank you all for such a wonderful time! i love book blogging because of the other blogs on here, and I want to thank you for that! Good luck and love you all! 

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writewild:

Like my Marketing teacher once said: and the most important rule is to never follow rules. 

writewild:

Like my Marketing teacher once said: and the most important rule is to never follow rules. 

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eternal-books:

To thank my amazing followers for sticking with me more than a year and to celebrate a huge follower milestone, here’s a giveaway of some of my favorite books!

There will be two winners and each will get to pick one book from above! 

Rules

  • You must be following eternal-books since this is to thank all my followers!
  • Reblog and like the post to enter. Reblog as many times as you like but be considerate to your followers! 
  • I know some of the books listed above belong to a series, so you may choose from the series provided the book has been published! 
  • This giveaway is international, I will be ordering from the Book Depository.
  • You must be comfortable giving me your address, I promise it will be used to ship your books only
  • The winners will be chosen randomly through a random number generator.
  • Your ask box must be open so I can contact you if you win! The chosen winner must respond within 48 hours.
  • No giveaway blogs.
  • If the book you have chosen is available as paperback or hardcover, you will be able to choose.
  • This giveaway ends May 16th, 2014 at 12:00am EST
  • If you have any questions contact me HERE

Again, thank you all for such a wonderful time! i love book blogging because of the other blogs on here, and I want to thank you for that! Good luck and love you all! 

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