So, I’m often asked how I decide genre. How do I decide what genre to write in, when I don’t keep to one genre?
Well, I mainly write in three main genres.
Under these categories there’s a lot of wriggle room. Meaning that each genre has a ton of sub genres to move around in.
But how I decide on one of these sub genres, well that depends completely on the story and how it comes to me. I never sit down and think: I want to write a steampunk. That’s not how it works for me.
More likely it happens something like this:
1 - A scene jumps into my head. It often have a character or two, doing something in a very vague setting. Now this happens about 20 times a day, and most of the time I simply ignore it as being stupid or useless or too cliche.
2 - the scene gets stuck in my head. I keep going back to it. It slowly builds. Why is this person standing in the dark corner, holding a knife? What kind of knife is it?
3 - I sit down and write the scene and spend an hour working on it. I add a lot of random details that all help me see the character and idea better. I add little notes and questions. I add other ideas in bulletform below the scene. <- - - this is where the genre is most likely to come forth. As I build this first scene I am likely to add things that will give the story a genre.
4 - I reread the scene and look at it critically. Could this be used or is it crap. Is there actually some substance to build from?
5 - I start writing and the precise sub genre will emerge from there.
1 - I get an idea, I sit down and write for 10 hours. And suddenly I have the first 10k words of a new novel that I never planned to write and in a genre I had no idea I wanted to write in. < - - - this happens more than I care to admit.
So far I’ve played around in a lot of genres and sub-genres, but my first love will always be fantasy <3
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