What is a book genre?
What Genre does your book belong to?
What book genres are your favorite?
This is a three part series devoted to new writers and aspiring writers. While this is not an in-depth learning, I am hoping it will help new and aspiring writers to take those very important baby steps towards achieving their greater goals.
This first part attempts to elaborate on the following terms: Fiction, Nonfiction and Novel.
Writing a book or a novel without knowing your book genre can create problems.
Oftentimes, writers are in a hurry to write something, anything, without giving much thoughts to what they want to write about; and when they are done writing, it is a shabby combination of “this and that”.
When writers start writing a book without giving their end product much thought, when it is finished, it may sometimes be difficult to find a precise category or book genre for a book when it comes time to publish.
Make sure you list your new book in its correct book genre.
So, what genre best describes your book?
Books can be fiction or non fiction. This is the broadest category of literature.
“Fiction” refers to literature created from the imagination.
Mysteries, science fiction, romance, fantasy, chick lit, crime thrillers are all fiction genres.
“Nonfiction” refers to literature based in fact.
Genres such as biographies, memoirs, reference, travelogue, self-help / how-to books, and history books are in the nonfiction category.
In short, fiction books contain a story with plot, settings, and characters created from the imagination of the author while non-fiction books contain factual information.
What is a Novel?
The novel is a genre of fiction; it is a fictional prose narrative. It is usually long and complex, and it describes human experience, character and actions through a connected sequence of events.
Sometimes, it is hard to tell the difference between fiction and nonfiction, especially when written by an experienced: However, if it reports the truth, it’s nonfiction. If it stretches the truth, or contains some fabrications, it becomes a fiction.
These two broad categories of literature, i.e. Fiction and Nonfiction can be further classified into many different sub-types, called “genres.”
Book Genres… Why are they so important?
As a writer, you need to have an identity, something unique about what you write. You need that “label”, or “branding”, aka “genre”.
You cannot be “a little bit of this”, and “a little bit of that”. You must know where to place your kind of writing.
If you don’t know where your book fits, it mean you don’t know your target audience., and if you don’t know your audience, you won’t know how to market your book.
It is important to note that the audience usually use genres to locate the kind of books they want to read. Furthermore, the agents, the editors, the publishers, the marketers also need to know what you’re writing, and if such fits into their vision.
So, you need to embark on that journey – of knowing what the available genres are, of critically appraising the type of theme that pops out in your writing, and of how to make the most of it.
The common genres of books which are available today will be highlighted and discussed in the second part of this series.
For the second part of the series, click here
1. What do you write – fiction or nonfiction?