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Choosing a Genre

 

 

      When selecting a subject for his book, how does an author choose the genre? Obviously, it is dependent upon the past experiences or imaginations of the author; after all, how can a writer tell of events he has never imagined or experienced? Many authors only write in a single genre; sometimes it is science-fiction; often it is about family life; on other occasions, they may write of solving crimes, adventure, or mayhem and murder. The type of stories written by an author often establishes his identity as a writer, for the reader begins to associate the author’s name with the consistent subject matter of his books.

      However, my involvement in so many past facets of life has kept me from embracing a single category. It has enabled me to write about an abundance of character types and lifestyles. I have written two true-life family books, a mystery, a whimsical book about aging, and a book of short stories about my youth that includes some poetry.

      While establishing an identity is important to a writer, I choose to write about a broad range of subjects that stimulate my interest. If it fascinates me, surely it will be of some interest to many readers as well. To me, becoming well-known or wealthy is less important than writing about the lives of people and circumstances that evoke precious memories and intrigue me.

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The reader becomes a participant.

 

 

      Obviously, emphasis should be placed on the plot of a story. Of equal importance, however, is the descriptive skill of the author in his ability to pull the reader into the story.in which he or she is able to experience the sensations of the story’s characters. A creative story should offer more than a summary of events, as in a newspaper article, but should transport the reader into a world of perception in which he can smell the roses, see the sunset, or hear the warbling melody of the songbird. Only when the reader shares the same environment as that of the characters in the story does he thoroughly identify with them. Dependent upon the genre of the book, the writer is able to invite the reader into a world of fantasy, or sometimes, reality.

      But what is reality? Our perception of the world is the only reality we have. If we perceive that the story is realistic, then it must be so, if only in our imagination. The author should lead the reader into an environment in which he is actually living the story. I truly feel that it is the duty of the author to deliver the reader into the intimate emotions, sensations and experiences of the characters, which can only be obtained through the descriptive skill of the writer. 

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