Ugh, What genre am I writing!!

Happy New Year!

Now let's get down to business shall we?

As I play around with writing my novel query's. I realize that I need to label my work. But there is a problem. I don't know what genre to link it to.

Is it actually possible, for me to write an entire novel and not know it's specific genre?

Apparently it is because I am completely lost.

Dark Fantasy (Wikipedia link )
Urban Fantasy ( Wikipedia link )
Contemporary Fantasy (Wikipedia link )
Paranormal Romance ( Wikipedia link )
Horror ( Wikipedia link )
Fantasy ( Wikipedia link )
Supernatural Fiction ( Wikipedia link)
Speculative Fiction (Wikipedia link )

I didn't realize how hard it would be to label things. Each genre/sub genre seems to overlap some. I was under the black and white impression that writing about vampires who do kill to survive, meant that my work should be Horror. Then, a test reader looked over my first draft and told me the love interest makes it Paranormal Romance, and it is way to mellow for Horror. The love interest isn't the main plot device of the story so it can't be Paranormal Romance.

If it isn't those two, maybe it is some type of fantasy. Dark, Urban, or Contemporary.

Ah decisions, decisions. There are so many genre's to choose from.

For those of you out there in the void of cyberspace having the same problem as me, how are you going about determining your genre? Or am I the only wannabe writer out there who can't figure this out?

1 comment:

Jessica Nelson said...

What a problem. :-) Have you thought about Fantasy with romantic elements? Something like that? Good luck!

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Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

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