I did not realise what sub-genre of the Romance genre I was writing until I was writing Operation Stop The Wedding!!! A Google search due to a reader’s comment led me to discovering that the Romance genre has under it several other sub-genres and even one or two of them are kind of considered genres of Fiction writing on their own.
Imagine my surprise learning all this. This is one of the reasons I believe Genre is a most important lesson a writer/aspiring writer must learn. It is said that many writers are not aware of the genre they write until they probably have to deal with an editor, an agent or a publisher. Some are lucky to find out along the way of their writing career, just like I did, and some others are brilliant enough to know from the beginning.
Whatever the case and which ever place you belong to, today we will begin the long, long lesson on Genres of Fiction Writing. This particular lesson will be taken one baby step at a time (mostly because of my busy writing schedule), but nonetheless, I believe it will be a most interesting lesson.
Wikipedia defines Genre as any category of Literature or other forms of art or entertainment… Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.
In our first lesson Creative Writing, we said that choosing a format is one of the ways of becoming a great Creative writer. In creative writing there are two formats — Fiction and Nonfiction.
Today we will be discussing both formats and their elements. But I’d like to reiterate here that our Writers’ Guide lessons are actually meant to focus on Fiction Writing, as I consider that the most popular format of writing among us aspiring writers/authors.
WHAT IS NONFICTION?
Dictionary.com defines Nonfiction as the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history and essay (opposed to fiction and distinguised from poetry and drama).
A simpler definition would be — Nonfiction is a literary work that is based on fact and reality.
In our last lesson we established that one of the ways to become a Creative writer/Fiction writer is by reading. Someone said that there are two ways to becoming a writer — write a lot, and read a lot.
I like to think that reading a lot comes as precedence to writing a lot and writing well.
Now when I say reading, do not panic as you imagine yourself locked away in a library surrounded by encyclopaedia-looking books with hard backs that can crack your skull should it topple over and fall on you… Lol. Take a deep breath and relax for that is not the kind of reading I am talking about here… well, unless of course you are the bookworm type and are not at all scared witless by library, voluminous books.
Now our Writers’ Guide for today is entitled Reading your way to becoming a better Writer.
I thought hard about where to begin in this Writers’ Guide and after much rumination I settled for Creative Writing as a starting point. I chose this simple and broad term because that is the awning under which the kind of writing I do and which most of us do fall under. It is, at least, the umbrella term for the kind of writing we will be focusing on in our Writers’ Guide.
And so to begin, let us first define the term Creative Writing:
Wikipedia defines Creative Writing as any type of writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development and the use of literary tropes or with various kinds of poetry and poetics.