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Knowing Your Genre – Breaking the Rules

Erotica, Horror, Techno Thriller, Mystery, Cozy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Gothic??? Confused about the genre of your book? I was. As I edited and added and deleted, it became another genre entirely.

Some say you must know your genre right off the bat so you can write in accordance with the ‘rules’ of that genre. Well, okay…I get that, but I believe that once you know the rules it’s your job to skillfully blend, massage, twist and often break them.  

W. Somerset Maugham with his novels.

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

M. Somerset Maugham
English dramatist & novelist
(1874 – 1965)
Know your genre
Check out the definitions of literary genres from Writer’s Digest Books. This is a pdf doc, so give it a minute load.  GenreDescriptions…

One comment on “Knowing Your Genre – Breaking the Rules

  1. Stephen Hayes
    June 18, 2012

    I've always loved this quote. Thanks for sharing it.

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This entry was posted on June 18, 2012 by in BU Collection, Genre, M. Someset Maugham, Writing rules.
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