Before a genre hopping writer I was a genre hopping reader. When I was six I bought my first manga book. Its pages were large but the book itself was thin in terms of pages. Besides, on each page it showed large drawings and only one meager column of text. As a result, in an hour or so I read it from cover to cover. Then for a lack of better options I started over reading the book, and by the day after I had reread it many times. I knew the story by heart and was eager to read something new. According to familiar folklore, it was out of exasperation for my insistent nagging that my … [Read more...] about Is Genre Hopping Really Bad for Beginning Writers?
When they're writing a novel, some writers say they don't read any novels by other authors. They do this because they don't want to be influenced. At first blush this might seem a reasonable stance. But the reality is a bit different. In fact, given we're social animals, we're constantly influenced by the flow of information around us -- by films, by other people, by the wheather, even by what we've had for breakfast. As a result, it seems at least pretestuous this restraining from reading -- to preserve a purity that's in any case unattainable. However, I must admit this "being … [Read more...] about Your First Reader Is an Important Asset — How I learned About It
We can think of genre as a way to classify works of literature according to the different characteristics they possess. From the proverbial 10.000 foot view, genres can be extremely generic. For example, we have Poetry and Prose. If we examine prose we'll notice it can be segmented into Drama, Fiction, and Non Fiction. And then in turn each can be differentiated into more and more detailed genres. For example, if in your work there are supernatural elements, your story could be classified like Gothic Horror, Fable, Fantasy, or even Magic realism. But then if you turned your heroine into … [Read more...] about What Is Genre in Literature? How to Use It?
For some writers writing comes extremely easy. Like breathing. They are blessed humans who can write a first draft that is often also a final draft. Then they can have a Martini, or party all night long. After that, the following morning they start afresh on a new novel that, again, will be finished in no time. It seems impossible, but this is how they have it. For example George Simenon was able to come up with eighty pages a day. He could write a novel in a couple of weeks. Eleven days, to be precise. However, for the overwhelming majority of writers writing requires a certain dose of … [Read more...] about What genre of book should I write?