What is a Genre

By: Daphne M. Matthews of the Crazee Chixz

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Readers get so excited about their books and every reader has their own type of book that they go to every single time. There is Sci-Fi, Romance, Western, and more; but as a writer you need to understand what this means. When we discuss this as writers, we are talking about genres.

I always loved that word as a child. Genre! What a word. It is derived from the French language meaning form or type. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and pertaining to writing, genre means, “a category of … literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content….” Biology actually uses another form of the same word, “‘genus’ which refers to the classification of flora and fauna.” https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1107874.pdf

That last sentence was borrowed from a PDF published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education and the link is in the blog so you can check it out. It’s an interesting read if you enjoy etymological study as I do. But the point is, that humans like to classify things. So, if you want to write a fictional story, that’s great!!! But what type of fictional story? In other words, what genre do you want to write?

I’m going to take the next few episodes to share a few types of genres with you and how they work differently. Hopefully, it will help you to narrow down exactly where you want to begin, and end, as you write your novel. Join me on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays for Writing Tips and Christy on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for Budgeting Tips geared toward financial and time budgeting and we’ll get you ready for your first novel!

Published by Daphne M. Matthews

I have published one young adult novel, "Only Seventeen" - now in its 2nd edition; a pictorial history for Arcadia Publishing: "Images of America: Hiltons" which showcases older photos and stories of a community not far from me; short stories, poems, and children's books. My newest book, "Lost Restaurant's of the Tri-Cities, Tennessee" showcases some of the most beloved restaurants of times past and present.

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