Genre is a word that makes a lot of new writers cringe. Many (mistakenly) believe any kind of boundaries will somehow impair or restrict creativity and crater imagination. This is why so many emerging authors (myself included) avoid learning about structure or how to plot until forced to…at gunpoint. Fine! Yes, I’m being melodramatic, but …
Aug 25 2017
Party like it’s Durin’s Day: Imaginary Celebrations in Fantasy
Well, it’s the last day of me, Cait Reynolds, playing “king of the hill” on Kristen’s blog. In honor of this fact, I’d like to begin today’s post by listing out the top five reasons Kristen could be denied re-entry into the United States. 1. US Customs does not allow you to bring foreign livestock into …
Jan 26 2017
How to SELL Your Book—First, What IS It?
May 25 2015
Choosing a Genre—Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story Part 7
Part of why I stress picking a genre will be a huge factor in driving sales and connecting with readers. We need to make certain we have slotted our product correctly because 1) we want readers to FIND our work and also 2) readers can be very unforgiving with reviews.
Nov 14 2011
Structure Part 7–Genre Matters
For the past several weeks we have been exploring structure and why it is important. If you haven’t yet read the prior posts, I advise you do because each post builds on the previous lesson. All lessons are geared to making you guys master plotters. Write cleaner and faster. I know a lot of you are …