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Do you pick genre first or start with the story?


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Poll: Genre or Story first? (14 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you write with the genre in mind?

  1. I write the story first then figure out the genre (12 votes [85.71%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 85.71%

  2. The genre inspires what story I write (2 votes [14.29%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

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#1 kdall

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 09:20 AM

Just curious...

 

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?



#2 Litgal

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 10:24 AM

For a first story I just began writing and then figured out where that manuscript fit. BUT BE AWARE once you sell something you will be expected (at least in the short run) to continue to produce work in a similar vein. So if you have a sci-fi fantasy manuscript and a romance manuscript before you decide which to query and pursue publication for ask yourself which do you want to write more of for the next half-dozen to dozen years. Publishers seeking to help you build a brand will not only want the same genre but in many cases similar work (eg. number of POV's or if you are say a "blood and battle" writer in historical fiction they will not suddenly want a "court intrigue" tale). If it seems narrow it is. But remember for publishers--and for writers who want to keep on writing--branding is essential. 


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#3 Anna L. Walls

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 02:45 PM

I did at first. At first I figured I'd be writing for young adults primarily, but then I decided, since I never really cut any slack for kids, I probably should promote to adults and let them decide if they want their kids to read my stuff.


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#4 Blueberry Tide

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 10:52 AM

I started out to write a YA Fantasy about a year or so ago. I wrote it, but the entire time it felt off. Since, I've revised it so the MC is older, and it feels better. It feels more natural. I'm better at the Adult/New Adult genre, as it turns out! 

 

I'm finding that when the genre comes first, the story is sometimes squished into the mold. 



#5 Niambi

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:40 AM

I picked the genre first, in my case science fiction, then learned that it fit more into speculative fiction as I finished up the first draft.



#6 jaustail

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Posted Today, 05:56 AM

It varies. I've written short stories where I knew from beginning it would be funny.


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#7 Faltho

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Posted Today, 09:31 AM

Usually I let the story just kinda happen organically then work my way from there. I might have an idea that something will be MG or YA, but you can never really tell till it's finished.



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Posted Today, 10:33 AM

I thought my book was MG until a beta reader said it's Adult. :laugh:


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