Writing Up Wednesday #4: What Genre is Your Novel…or Does It Even Have One??

February 16, 2017 Books/Writing 7

what genre is your novel

Welcome to the fourth week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 I’m thinking of publishing the next several topics in a list so that it’s possible to plan posts, so keep an eye out for that.

Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday #4: What Genre is Your Novel…or Does It Even Have One?

We would all love to write a bestselling novel, one that appeals to several different audiences and that everyone loves, right? The ever-elusive “crossover novel.” A quick Google turns up the idea that most of the time, at least currently, when people talk about crossover books they mean a crossover between YA and adult fiction. I have to admit that kind of boggled me for a moment, because that’s not at all what first comes to mind when I think of crossover books – I first think of books that don’t fit in any single genre, regardless of the age of their target audience. Some examples would be Fear the Drowning Deep (YA), and my well-beloved Outlander (adult).

So what genre is your novel? My current novel work-in-progress (RotS), is NOT EVEN CLOSE to being a crossover. At least not at the moment. It’s solidly in the adult high fantasy camp. Would younger audiences read it? Mmmm…I don’t think I would recommend it, due to some of the explicit issues the characters deal with. Would other genre-readers like it? Mmmm…again, I don’t think so, as magic and dragons don’t sit too well with hard-core historical or modern fiction readers. Now of course there are people who love both, but in this story…while yes, parts of the fantasy world are inspired by medieval societies and even older mythology, I’ve definitely marched to the beat of my own drum and there isn’t a shred of historical accuracy in it! I purposely chose to write this with THIS particular audience in mind, as it’s my first novel. I feel like trying to appeal to too many people would muddle the story and make my writing struggle.

This topic has actually really got me thinking, and I have a LOT of thoughts about crossover novels that I may share in a later post.

Edit: Please add your link below! I totally forgot to add this in the original posting. Doh!

7 Responses to “Writing Up Wednesday #4: What Genre is Your Novel…or Does It Even Have One??”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    Hi Lizzy.
    I try to write steampunk paranormal adventures, but they keep coming out as humorous. :-/
    Maybe humour is my crossover element?
    Happy Writing and Blogging!
    ~Icky. 🙂

    • Lizzy

      Maybe it is! I think most genres can be “bent” to be humorous, definitely. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with writing your stories!

    • Lizzy

      I’m so glad you did! I’m heading to check out your post now. I totally forgot to add the link-up at the bottom of my post this week, but it’s there now. Whoops. Oh, your letter arrived yesterday too! 😀

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    As someone who reads and loves many genres, I don’t mind genre-bending books. I have seen people argue over a book being urban fantasy or paranormal. I do love books that stay within their classified genre but also appreciate those that stretch those boundaries.

    • Lizzy

      I totally agree! While I enjoy books that stay in their “specified” genre, I really think it’s the ones that stretch your mind out of the box that are sometimes the best. 🙂

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