When I wrote my first book, I didn’t know much about book genres. I knew I was writing young-adult fantasy, but that was all. Later I discovered the book was also metaphysical fiction and magical realism, and knowing that made it easier for me to find my readers. That’s why it’s good to know a bit about genres before you start writing.
When I wrote Worlds Within Worlds, many years later and with much more knowledge, I knew I was writing magical realism, but when I examined my writing at one point, I knew the plot needed to be stronger, and it was my understanding of genre that helped me know how to pull it together. I realised that it had the makings of a thrilller/suspense style plot, so I strengthened that plot thread in accordance with what thriller readers expect, and the book came together. My knowledge of genres was pivotal in making that book work.
Now I realise that the book is also transrealism. And that’s an interesting genre. Rose and I have done a video on it, which I hope to post early next year, so make sure you’re subscribed to our You Tube Channel with notifications on so you won’t miss it.
But this post is about all genres, and we talk about them in the video below. We hope you find it both entertaining and informative.
You’ll find supporting written information on genres in the blog post Book Genre’s Explained, on the AIA Publishing website.
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