by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig
Today I’m posting another entry in my series ‘making life easier as a writer.’ With today’s post, I want to add a proviso: this advice is only if you do really want to make life easier. If you aren’t writing commercial fiction or if you’re really wanting to pursue a one-off book, that’s definitely what you should do.
Genre: Especially if you’re just starting out (but even if you’re a veteran writer), it’s easiest to write a story that fits perfectly into a particular genre…especially a genre that you’re very well-read in and acquainted with.
For one thing, these stories have certain parameters and reader expectations. Those help you keep your story on track. For example, with cozy mysteries, readers are expecting an amateur sleuth, quirky recurring characters, and a lack of blood, gore, and profanity. Following a genre’s conventions can help you plan and execute your story.
But that’s not all it does.