Choosing a Genre—Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story Part 7

Great post here!…. I would add to YA that no-matter what genre of YA you write (horror or sci-fi or thriller or whatever) there is typically a very strong love interest element. You can try to cut it, but it is extremely rare, if present at all. Otherwise I would agree they tend to follow the basic structure of their adult counterparts.

Oh and YA tends to run a bit shorter than adult books depending on the genre. There are always exceptions, but anything longer than 90-100,000 words (even for fantasy), and you will have a hard time publishing it as a debut author. Thrillers and romances will probably run closer to 60,000.

An awesome resource for YA and middle-grade writing is Mary Kole’s book “Writing Irresistible Kidlit.” http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Irresistible-Kidlit-Ultimate-Crafting/dp/1599635763

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Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 10.42.33 AMUnderstanding structure helps us write cleaner and faster. Whether we plan every detail ahead of time or just intuitively have the architecture in our head, structure makes the difference between a workable first draft and a nightmare beyond salvage.

I know a lot of you are chomping at the bit right now to get writing. All in due time. Today we are going to talk genre and why it is important to pick one.

Understanding what genre you are writing will help guide you when it comes to plotting your novel. How? Each genre has its own set of general rules and expectations. 

If we don’t pick or we get too weird, we will confuse agents and readers because there is no clear idea of where this sucker should be shelved. It will also make plotting more than problematic.

Fifteen years ago, when I first got this brilliant idea to…

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