What genre do you like to write?

I am stuck between so many different types of genres of writing. I enjoy reading everything from mystery to sci-fi to fantasy to horror to urban fantasy to spy to well heck if I write down every genre I enjoy reading and all the sub-genres I think I would fill up my post with just that. I love to read. So when it comes to writing it can be hard to figure out just what genre to write in. And I think that might be where I am running into problems. I am trying to fit a story into a box, a story I haven’t even written yet. And that just seems to mean that I am trying to fit something into a box without even knowing what size or shape it is going to be. So how do you and when do you decide what genre to write in?

In today’s world, there are so many options that weren’t there a few years ago when it comes to publishing. There are still the big name publisher. But there are so many small publishers out there that are looking for the main stream genres but also the more unique ones and stories that really don’t fit into any genre. And then there is always the route of self publishing where you don’t even have to worry about fitting a genre.

Right now I am working through ideas for all of my projects. And some of the ideas have my stories going in directions that take them in and out of so many different genres that it is literally mind-boggling. That is part of the fun of writing. The possibilities are endless. You can write any story you want. As you refine, polish and hone your story through edits you can decide what genre it fits into or that it fits into none at all. You never know, you might just have to be the forerunner into a brand new genre. Someone has to do it. Might as well be you.

4 Responses to “What genre do you like to write?”
  1. I tend to write fantyas and science fiction. Whilst I’m not exactly a boundary breaker, I don’t like the idea of having to put something in or leave something out of a story just so it fits nicely into a genre. I tend just to write a story and then see where it goes. Most of the time it ends up fitting nicely into a category, but every now and then I write something odd. And I definitely don’t see the point in sticking nicely to a genre just to increase your chances of getting published. As you say, someone has to be the person that breaks those genres and creates new ones…

  2. subtlekate says:

    This is a difficult one for me. I feel like I straddle a few but if I have to say one, it’s speculative which in itself is broad. Magical realism perhaps. Geezzz I don’t know.

  3. Shannon says:

    I suppose sci-fi or fantasy, but really I just like glomming onto the broad term of “I write young-adult fiction”. :)

  4. Lisa says:

    I never really thought about trying to write a story within a specific genre. Like you, I love to read everything. But the things I write (especially the ones that turn into an actual story or book) seem to sort of write themselves and just take me along for the ride. I suppose they mostly fall into science-fantasy. But, I think I prefer to simply write, flesh it out, edit, etc and then when I’m all done try to figure out what genre it is…or isn’t.

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