Genre Writing

By Cheryl Wright
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Today I'd like to briefly touch on genre writing.

I've come across several people who believe they can write whatever they want, in whatever way they want, when they are writing genre novels.

I'm going to give you the same advise I gave them: learn your genre.

Read as many books as possible in that genre. Read how-to books in that genre. Don't just decide to write a (insert genre here) novel and write it without the proper knowledge.

Not only are you setting yourself up to fail, you are letting down the readers who have paid good money for your book. (And will likely result in a refund request.)

If you are self-publishing, you might think it's okay to just run with whatever you please. It's not, because bottom line, readers are king. They are the ones buying your book, paying good money for it, and they deserve to know what they will be getting.

Sorry if this sounds like a rant. (It probably is!) I've bought so many books that have been far from the genre the author says it is. I have bought: a historical romance with multiple rape scenes (not allowed), as well as romantic suspense that was far from romantic suspense. It also had one chapter that was nothing but erotica (it was really closer to porn), and there was no hint of that anywhere else in the book, or the book description.

I was very disappointed on both counts.

I'm at a point now, that if a book does not deliver what it promised in the first chapter or two, I simply delete if off my kindle. My time is limited, and I'm not going to waste it on books that are either not what they say, or badly written. (I'm well and truly over both.)

I hope this information is helpful to you, and gets you thinking about your own fiction writing.

About the author: Cheryl Wright is an award-winning Australian author and freelance writer. In addition to an array of other projects, she is the owner of the website and the Writer to Writer monthly ezine for writers. Her publications include novels, non-fiction books, short stories, and articles. To keep up to date with her publications and new releases, visit Cheryl’s Amazon page: 


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