Genres of writing according to en.m.wikipedia.org include: Action and Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Drama, Mystery, and Western with subcategories in each one.
I would encourage you to write about what you enjoy reading or teaching. My opinion an author is more likely to dive into the research and development of the characters, plot, setting, dialect, and other smaller, detailed components of the story if it is a genre, and a subject, they are interested in. If you aren’t a 16th century history buff you are unlikely to write a complete non-fiction account of King Henry VIII and even one of his six wives. However, if you like reading action and adventure books with knights on warhorses, castles, the damsel in distress and her nemesis, you’ll enjoy the research and developing your story. Am I right?
My preferred genre is the children’s version of action and adventure with a sprinkling of science, social skills and the importance of friendship. Specifically, kindergarten through second grade, ages 6-8 years old. I guess that falls into a few of the subcategories mentioned above. Check out next week’s blog for writing for specific ages groups. Until then, just write the first sentence!
Are you a person who loves a good debate or constructive argument, love to share your opinions in an argumentative fashion, write and submit your opinion on a current event or topic to the local newspaper? The type of writing you may be most interested in pursuing may be persuasive writing. This is the third of the four writing styles. Persuasive writing is used in advertising, opinion pieces, and editorials. One reference I read states a persuasive writer is also a good job application reviewer! Hmmmm, I hadn’t thought of that before but it makes sense. A job applicant is writing a persuasive piece to get an interview and who better to review those applications than a person who is a skilled in persuasive writing themself?
I love hiking. And I love exploring different hiking trails. If I read something like: This trail is rated easy to moderate and runs through a pine forest I might be inclined to consider it. Now, if I read this about the hiking trail: This gem of a trail is rated easy to moderate with a mile of relatively flat, scenic trail followed by gentle hills and runs through an old-growth pine forest filled with lodgepole pines the settlers of the area might have used to build their log dwellings I would be more inclined to choose this trail. The writer of this used opinions in “gem of a trail”, “gentle hills”, “old-growth”, “settlers could have used to build their log dwellings.” Nonetheless, this would persuade me to try the trail out and let my knees decide if the hills are gentle! As always, the main thing is to write the first sentence.
This blog post will continue the previous post listing the four main writing types with the focus on descriptive writing. Did you keep a diary or journal at one time? Many longtime diary keepers now keep a journal. It just sounds a bit more “adult”. Think about an entry in one of your diaries or journals. Most often, in my experience, the topics in the entries revolve around a description of something, e.g. how am I feeling today, a conversation with a friend or family member, a wrong someone did to me or to someone I know, how I feel about the current world events, etc.
Let’s just choose one and do a short, faux journal entry, shall we? Here it goes:
January 10, 2021: This is the longest, coldest day of the year, so far. This morning, the temperature outside was -15 F., the 8 inches of snow on the ground is crusted with ice, the dogs’ feet froze before they could get their duties done outside and I’m stuck in bed sick with some bug or another. My body aches, my head is pounding, my nose is red…You get the idea. This style includes the who, what, when, where, why and how of a topic, entry, poem, story, memoir, and many other genres of writing, including fiction and poetry.
Imagination here is key. Descriptive writing is far more entertaining if you move beyond the obvious word(s), such as my nose is red. There are more shades of red than I can count and I can certainly see a red nose in my mind’s eye. However, what comes to mind if the sentence reads something like this: My nose is bright red or my nose is scarlet? One word can change the image immensely and draw your reader’s emotions in. Anyone who has had a flu bug with a grossly runny nose that is bright red, raw and painful to blow can empathize with the writer thereby drawing them emotionally into the story.
Let’s take a look at a dialogue and the descriptive style. “I have a horrible flu bug,” she said. Certainly, this gets the point across but try describing how she sounded when she said the statement. “I have a horrible flu bug,” she said with a raspy voice. Hmm. Something to think about, right?? The description of the flu bug symptoms has progressed from a nasty cold to a possible virus or strep throat.
I could go on and on. The main thing is, write the first sentence and let your imagination run wild! Oooops, I do need to say one more thing about descriptive writing. Being overly descriptive can cause the reader to lose their focus! There can be too much of a descriptive thing. 😊
Writing types differ from person to person. Writing styles differ from person to person. Writing genres differ from person to person. You get where I’m going with this, don’t you? There is no wrong way to write however there is a right way to find your writing fit. Basically, what do you enjoy reading yourself? Fiction or non-fiction? Biographies or autobiographies? Documentaries or documents? Opinion pages? Celebrity paparazzi and its narratives?
Today’s blog will focus on the expository writing type. This type of writing endeavors to explain to and inform the reader. Think textbook, essay, technical manual, instruction manual, and recipes as long as it does not include the author’s opinion on the topic at hand, or should I say, on the page. The text contains the nuts and bolts of the topic in a logical and progressive format. Personally, I really enjoyed this type of writing when I was in school and college as I could research, learn about and write about a topic of interest. Straightforward and factual. If this type of writing speaks to you, GREAT! There is a definite need for writers with this gift as for some, it is difficult not to insert one’s opinion no matter how subtle it may be. The main thing is to write the first sentence!
It has been a few months since I posted anything anywhere online. This was not the original plan when I started the blog, Facebook and Instagram sites however work life took more time than I anticipated. The book publishing has also taken more time than I anticipated. Funny that the children’s book I authored contains a theme about being patient. The publishing process has certainly been a lesson on patience! Waiting for all of the components to come together, receiving the proof of the book which was about as exciting and scary as it gets, and seeing areas that needed tweaking continue to take time. On the plus side of the patience equation is that a finished copy is getting so incredibly close to reality!
I’ll be more consistent as the last pieces of the publishing, marketing and selling puzzle come together. I cannot wait to get this book into the hands of teachers, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and anyone else who has a 6-8 year old in their life. “Dewdrops to Raindrops” is beautifully illustrated, soft cover, 8″ x 10″ book that contains a story young and older alike can relate to and an educational component on how the rain is created, patience, being a good listener, as well as what it is to be a good friend. How can one little red oak sapling and a dewdrop accomplish all of this? You’ll have to read “Dewdrops to Raindrops” to learn how:)