Does anyone ever set out to fit into a particular genre? Maybe due to an agent's request, or you think it'll be popular?
Or do most writers here have an idea and then figure out what your genre is? Do you ever re-write to fit a genre better?
Being that I am unpublished, my writing has yet to be dictated by the specific request of an agent, etc.
I have however, taken both approaches for my own benefit. I mostly write what I want to read. In poetry, I identify a feeling or sense that I'm hoping to invoke within myself and just start writing and mulling apart the chaos in my mind. In my novel the writing started as just a short story from a spark of imagination. I liked what I had written, but wanted to add to the beginning. My ten pages became twenty. The twenty became forty-three. The initial story was deleted entirely and a new monster took place. Before I knew it, I had accidentally sunk halfway into a genre.