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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami March 27, 2014 - 6:40am

Found themself in this odd not really genre anything, but not really not genre either sort of limbo? There was a time I used to write nothing but science fiction, yet now I seem to focus on theoretical social situations in a historical time (say late late 1800's) yet not historical in the sense of "here is President Whats his name or this and this event, now work with it."

The crux of the plot is more of "every day" problem. The "every day" is singificant, as I used to do that with SF too. I might just focus on what the story is about. I notice I seem to fall back into this quasi-historical story writing state, when I'm not outlining anything that much.

Maybe genre is something I'll never figure out.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 27, 2014 - 8:59am

My main WIP is like detective-mystery/prose-poem/modernist/occasionally-stream-of-consciousness/etc, but I would prefer to never ever call it that again.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer March 27, 2014 - 9:40am

I don't think genre is really all that important. There are some writers who fit solidly within a genre. I have the most experience with horror, so I might point to Brian Keene, who writes almost exclusively what people would call horror. On the other hand, Cormac McCarthy has written some of the most horrorific psychological stuff I have ever read, and he's considered literary. If Brian Keene wrote The Road, they would call it a horror novel.

You write what you write how you would want to read it, and let other people try to categorize it. The only time you might have to consider at least the genre tone of your work is when you submit it, so that you know which publishers to target.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami March 27, 2014 - 9:53am

Yea I'll do that. I ended up finishing the one short story I wrote the ending of first.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 27, 2014 - 4:25pm

The only time I consider genre is when trying to figure out where to send something to...at which point I experience a vapor lock and don't submit at all.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 27, 2014 - 7:56pm

Unless you have to market it as something, does it matter?

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Matt L. from Texas is reading Tenth of December: Stories March 27, 2014 - 10:35pm

I agree with what those above me have said. Don't worry about it until you are ready to seek representation/publication. And even then try not to over think it.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami March 28, 2014 - 6:34pm

I guess it doesn't matter.:/ At one point I was considering Cricket. Though for reasons I can't really work with a given theme (my sort of limitation), I've reconsidered it.