Monday, February 6, 2017


This month #InkRipples is tackling the topic of genres. After an author has written their novel, they need to decide what genre it belongs in.

Sometimes choosing the correct genre can seem confusing, especially if the story contains elements from more than one genre. Let’s take a look at the genre possibilities.

According to Wikipedia, the main classical genres of writing are:
  • Fiction
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Non-fiction
  • Realistic fiction
  • Romance 
  • Satire
  • Tragedy
  • Tragicomedy
  • Fantasy
That’s quite a list!

My writing and reading preferences tend to fall into three genres. They are:
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Fantasy
So, how do I know where my story belongs? Throughout the month, we’ll take a look at these three genres to see why a story belongs there. Come join me next week for a look at romance!!

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This year's topics are:

February: Genres
March: Tropes
April: Revision
May: Fairy Tales
June: Blurbs
July: Heroes/Villains
August: Author Options in Publishing
September: World Building
October: Career vs Hobby
November: Finishing that Book!
December: Goals


  1. Hi Katie, I look forward to your month of examining Mystery, Fantasy and Romance. So many of the books I love to read do not fall neatly into a genre. But I recognize the need to identify genre for the purpose of book marketing.

    1. Hi Joan! Yes, knowing the genre is a HUGE plus for marketing. And, while some books seem not to fit neatly into a specific genre, there is something that makes them fit into a broad genre that can be narrowed down to sub genres. Hope you come back next week to see what makes a romance.

  2. It can be hard to define genre for the purposes of marketing. I think trying to be specific within a broader genre is helpful. Looking forward to more of your thoughts on genre!

    1. Exactly. Start with the broad and then narrow down to find that target audience.

  3. You've taught me so much about this in our conversations about our WIPS. I can't wait to read more!

    1. Awww, I'm glad to have been helpful. I will state that the thoughts I'll be sharing are how I approach it...not law or not necessarily the "right" way to look at it, but it has certainly helped me sort things out.


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