The Importance of Understanding Novel Genres

5 thoughts on “The Importance of Understanding Novel Genres”

  1. Many thanks, Andrea for this insight into choosing genres as a way to establish one’s space in a very crowded market. One Australian writer and journalist I admire is Caroline Overington whose thrillers are page-turners. Her background and experience are used to the full in her novels.
    My husband recently bought me a book for my birthday and asked the owner of the local bookshop for a recommendation with the proviso it had to be a positive and humorous read. Giving someone a book called “Separation Anxiety” at the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic was a worry I thought. I’m sure Laura Zigman’s novel appeals to a certain readership but I hated it! I had earlier asked the same bookseller for a recommendation based on the fact I enjoyed bios and true stories. She recommended “Educated” by Tara Westover which I really got into after finishing the previous book. Now I am working my way through “Budgerigar” written by a former journalistic colleague and his partner about the history of this cheeky Aussie bird.
    I guess the point of my ramble is that writers establish themselves and become identified by their genre. No doubting what you would get with a Stephen King novel.
    I need to think about what direction to take with my own writing. Looking forward to your novel Andrea.

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  2. Did a great Zoom short story workshop on Saturday facilitated by Melbourne-based writer Laura Goodin and organised by Mansfield Arts Council. She was a breath of fresh air and really shared such useful insights into writing the short story.

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