Does Genre Help or Hinder Those Involved?

Does the division of literature into genres, help or harm readers, writers and publishers? As an aspiring writer I have attempted to write in different genres to find my niche in the industry. When I was a child my writing first developed by writing stories from my perspective and those of friends. I would writeContinue reading “Does Genre Help or Hinder Those Involved?”

Research and Inspiration

I have always found it difficult to strike a balance with being able to put enough research into my writing as opposed to just free writing creatively. There is a constant fear that I may end up comparing my writing to other work. Research, in this case, can be the death of creativity. Developing aContinue reading “Research and Inspiration”

Crime: Linear and Non-linear Narrative

While writing extracts of Horror, Crime, Sci-fi and Fantasy, I thought about whether I had found a new genre I could use in a new novel. Besides fantasy, I felt crime might be my next strongest style after fantasy writing, so I started dabbling and free writing.  I felt myself go into police crime writingContinue reading “Crime: Linear and Non-linear Narrative”

Refining My Writing Craft

One of the major reasons I chose the MA in Professional Creative Writing at Coventry University is because of the scope it provides me with, not just in this module but in the other modules I will come to study. I enjoyed the prospect of doing this to refine my craft as a writer, toContinue reading “Refining My Writing Craft”

Writing Genre – Sci-fi and Fantasy Extracts

Here are my Sci-fi and Fantasy Extracts…  Sci-fi Extract – The Terrible Twins He stood in a wide laboratory with bare walls and various types of equipment around the room. A faint beeping came from a machine at the far end of the room. The door opened. A man, dressed in a crisp white labContinue reading “Writing Genre – Sci-fi and Fantasy Extracts”

Writing Genre – Horror and Crime Extracts

Here are my Horror & Crime extracts of writing…   Horror Extract – Something Bad is Coming  My knees were hard against my chest as I huddled on my bed. The night slowly darkened outside my window, but I didn’t, or couldn’t, move. For years, I had been kept in the dark about what I wasContinue reading “Writing Genre – Horror and Crime Extracts”

Writing in Genre

As an aspiring writer, I have always enjoyed writing in different genres. I begin by writing the foundations of a prose or a short story before embellishing it.  Whichever genre you decide to write in, they all have their basic conventions to follow, in order to appeal to a particular readership. The more you write,Continue reading “Writing in Genre”

Getting Too Comfortable

Although I like experimenting with different forms, styles, narratives and genres of writing, I sometimes find them intimidating. Fantasy is a genre that I have always enjoyed the most and find myself comfortable writing in. Perhaps fantasy is most aligned with my sense of imagination. Fantasy also gives me a lot of freedom, without needingContinue reading “Getting Too Comfortable”

This is Me!

I am first and foremost a writer. It’s as easy as breathing. I like planning out stories and fitting them together like jigsaw puzzles, either minuscule or with a bigger picture; figuring out which parts go where and whether it can be mixed up.  Without the risk of it sounding like a cliche, I’ve alwaysContinue reading “This is Me!”