In an earlier post I was joking about writing genre fiction, a bit of a bête noire among many literary writers. This year I’ve churned out a few of what I gather are genre pieces. One was sci-fi, the other couple, fantasy. Come to think of it, a lot of my work is gothic-tinged, sci-fi reminiscent or fantasy-tending. No bodice-rippers yet, but I can’t make any promises at this stage.
I suppose the way I work with genre is to write what I’m writing and figure out later what it wants to be. I’ve always read across genres so I suppose it makes sense I would be influenced. Don’t you love it that Margaret Atwood can drift between historical fiction, literary and fantasy without anyone raising an eyebrow? On the flip side it’s intriguing that some people write one genre only. It’s a whole other world out there, with new genres sprouting like mushrooms. Have you heard of “Hobby Mystery”? Is that like Nancy Drew? Or, “Paranormal Romance,” which makes me think Twilight. There is a cool genre map on this site, Book Country.
Book Country is nearly finished its beta stage and ready to formally launch. The site aims to be a writing community for genre writers, where authors can post their work and read/review/receive critique from other hopefuls, and (maybe even) professionals. Members can enter competitions and read useful articles from established genre fiction writers. I’m always on about forming a community of writers. This might be a helpful way of hooking into a ready-made one. I wonder how the site will function, and whether it will actually provide a leg-up into the publishing world? Whether you’re an Urban Fantasy Writer or into Steam Punk, or not even sure if you are writing in a particular genre, have a look and see what you think.