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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Writing Tips...

I thought I'd share some writing tips with you all over the next few weeks, so you get an idea of how to write. Not that I am professing any expertise in the area, this is just what I've found that works for me.

So I'll start at the beginning:

Genre and Audience

You finally have a solid idea for the novel/novella you would like to write, now you must decide on the genre and target audience. I know that it sounds ridiculous to mention this but it’s very important, because you must know before you start writing your novel who your audience is.

Most of us know what genres we like to read and possibly which ones we'd like to write, so this decision shouldn’t be too hard or taxing. However, if you are struggling with your target audience I have included a list of genres for you to mull over. 

If I’ve missed anything off the following list, please let me know by leaving a comment.


Firstly, you must ask yourself: Am I writing Fiction or Non Fiction?

Then move on to which category you want to write for.

There are several categories for children's books:

If we start at the youngest audience,  up to age 12, and move up:

Picture Books
Story Picture Books
Traditional Literature including: Folktales, Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends and Myths
Historical Fiction
Modern Fantasy
Realistic Fiction
Poetry and Drama

The Young Adult Genre is next, this is usually between the ages of 12 - 18 years and the following list is a typical round up of what is expected.

Problem Novels
Realistic Fiction
Sports
Humour
Adventure
Supernatural + Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Horror
Mysteries
Fantasy
Sci Fi
Historic Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biography
Poetry
Drama
Short Stories

So after checking out the children's section we move onto the adult categories, encompassing the following:

Fantasy
Crime
Suspense  
Romance
Horror
Science Fiction
General
Speculative Fiction

Historical Fiction
Humour
Western

Some of the genres do overlap and some have many sub-categories as well, however this list will help you get started and whittle down the possibilities, leaving you with a clearer idea of where you want your story to go.

Then you have to decide who you want to tell your story to and why. This is the audience you are potentially stalking.

What is the message, meaning and/or concept you want to get across?

Are any Agents/Publishers looking for this type of story/idea right now?

Are there other stories in the market that are already published which would help you decide if you’ve made the right decision with your chosen genre?

If you want to write for a younger audience, what content is deemed acceptable for your targeted age group?  (you need to be very clear from the outset on what age group you are writing for as there are many many guidelines for different age groups)


This is most important:

Take the time to do the research now and save yourself the disappointment spending months, if not years writing a novel that no-one wants to read when you've finished it and begin pitching it to Agents and Publishers, who will send you a veritable forest of rejection letters because what you've written isn't in vogue at the time you present it - That Ship has Sailed.  So keep in the loop of what's in and what's not.  You must also know your target audience from the beginning and stick to it.

That brings us to the end of Genre and Audience Tips, I hope it helps you on your writing path and I look forward to next time when I'll talk about Beginnings, Middles and Ends.  If there is anything in particular you'd like any info on, leave a comment and I'll get back to you

Thanks for stopping by

Bella x



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