Discovering your genre

As writers, one of the most crucial decisions we face is determining the genre that best suits our creative vision. It’s a journey that involves self-discovery, exploration, and a deep understanding of our own writing inclinations. In this blog post, we will embark on an enlightening quest to help you find your genre, that magical realm where your storytelling prowess thrives!

1. Embrace Your Reading Preferences

Reflect on the genres you naturally gravitate towards as a reader. Consider the books that have captivated your attention and resonated with you emotionally. These preferences can offer valuable clues about the genres that might align with your writing style and interests.

2. Research or explore AlphaNovel’s Genres

Take a closer look at the genres available on AlphaNovel and read through some of the most popular books in each genre. This will give you a better sense of what each genre entails and the types of stories that readers are looking for.

3. Experiment Other Genres

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and explore genres you haven’t yet delved into. Give yourself the freedom to experiment with different storytelling styles, themes, and settings. This exploration can help you discover unexpected passions and stretch your creative boundaries.

4. Identify Your Writing Strengths

Consider your strengths as a writer. Are you good at creating complex worlds and fantastical creatures? Or do you excel at writing emotional, character-driven stories? Identifying your strengths can help you find the genres that allow you to showcase your skills.

5. Research Reader Demographics

Each genre tends to have its own target audience. Research the demographics of readers in different genres to see which ones might be a good fit for you. For example, if you enjoy writing stories with young adult protagonists, the YA/Teen genre might be a good fit.

6. Trust Your Instincts and Don’t Be Afraid to Blend Genres

Listen to your intuition and trust in your creativity. Don’t feel like you have to stick to a single genre. Many successful authors blend genres or write cross-genre stories. If you enjoy both romance and paranormal stories, consider writing a paranormal romance. The possibilities are endless.

7. Consider Your Writing Goals

Your writing goals can also play a role in determining your genre. If your goal is to write a bestselling novel, for example, you might want to consider genres that are more likely to sell well. If you’re more interested in writing for personal satisfaction, on the other hand, you might focus on genres that you find most fulfilling. Feel free to check our guide, which will help you to set up your own goals 😊

8. Seek Feedback

Share your writing with trusted beta readers, writing groups, or online communities. Collect feedback on different genres you’ve explored to gain insights into which ones resonate with readers and evoke strong responses. Embrace growth and allow yourself the flexibility to adapt and explore different genres throughout your career.

9. Follow Your Passion

Ultimately, the most important factor in choosing a genre is to follow your passion. Write the stories that excite and inspire you, and don’t worry too much about whether they fit neatly into a particular genre. Passion and enthusiasm for your subject matter will shine through in your writing and make your stories more engaging for readers.

As we celebrate the journey of finding your perfect genre, we are thrilled to announce exciting additions to our app that further enhance diversification and broaden the storytelling landscape. We have recently introduced new genres, including LGBTQ+, CEO/Billionaire, and Werewolves, providing even more opportunities for writers and readers to delve into captivating narratives.

We invite you to explore these new genres, discover fresh narratives, and unleash your creativity within these vibrant literary realms.

Thank you for being a part of our community, and we look forward to witnessing the incredible stories that emerge from these new horizons. Happy writing, and may your literary adventures be filled with boundless imagination and boundless success.

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