If you’re new to fiction writing, you may be having a hard time deciding which genre you should write in. The good news is, you don’t have to stick to one genre, but it is best if you establish yourself in one before publishing in others. If you do decide to go with multiple genres, you will want to consider using pen names. You wouldn’t want your romance audience to be subjected to your work if you also write thrillers or horror.

So, how do you decide?

Most people will tell you to write in the genre(s) you love to read. That is good advice, but it doesn’t always work out to be the best writing genre for you. You may love to read romance, but when you sit down to write it, you get lost.

Some people say the genre chooses the writer. Others say you can just pick one. The way to choose the best genre for you is to write what you actually enjoy reading. The reason is because you’ll have familiarity in reading that genre and you’ll have a feel for the type of stories that are published in that arena.

If you find yourself drawn to a particular type of book – like suspense – then that’s what you should write. Always write whatever it is that you read. If you enjoy reading young adult, westerns, dystopians, or whatever – then that’s what you need to write. Your passion for that genre will show through.

What if it’s not an easily definable genre? Go ahead and write it anyway. Never forget that writing is a form of artistic expression and the different expressions appeal to different audiences.

Don’t worry about it if you don’t know a lot about the genre. That’s easy to learn. For example, if you wanted to write suspense and you needed to know how the police would handle a crime scene, there are all kinds of online blogs written by experts that will give you the knowledge you need to write with authority. And those blogs are free.

If you want a lot of information at your fingertips, you can invest in eBooks or print books that cover the research details – so don’t let what you don’t know stop you from writing the kind of book you want to write.

Keep it simple and happy writing!
Patti