Changing Genres by Robin Leigh Morgan



Some of us who have chosen to write fiction come from a variety of places. And by “a variety of places”, I’m not referring to a physical location; I’m referring to our writing experiences.

There are some of us who have enjoyed writing since we were children, and each year, by writing something in school, it improved. For some of us, it continued until we graduated college and began working. Some of us entered the work force taking jobs, which required us to write, whether it was procedures, handbooks/manuals, or news stories. But all of these are non-fiction, and each one has a set of “rules” that need to be followed to write something well enough to be acceptable.

As for myself, while my regular job did not require me to write, for eleven years I wrote articles
(commentaries/viewpoints) of what was happening in my community and my feelings about it. When I started to write these items, my writing skills were not honed. I didn’t have my ideas organized in a tight manner, although my writing had been informative. By the time I’d written my last item, I’d become quite adept at it.

When I started to write fiction, I somehow drifted to writing a contemporary romance story with a paranormal element running through the storyline, but after almost nine years I still hadn’t completed it. That is, until someone suggested I should write for a much younger audience, which is what I did, culminating in my first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled I Kissed a Ghost.

Anyway, making the transition from non-fiction to fiction, I’ve had to learn a new set of rules on how to write. Most of these involved dialogue, showing not telling, where before I just told. I now had to learn about the use of tags. I had to learn not to be overly descriptive of something, but allow my reader to create the image for themselves in their minds. In the beginning I found it hard to break my old writing habits. Now I’m finding myself with these habits essentially gone. The biggest issue I still have, and am trying to get a good handle on, is POV (Point of View). Regardless of what’s happening or being said it has to be in one character’s perspective, and you can’t flip-flop between two characters within a scene. There needs to be a transition from one character to another.  

All these things have helped me mold myself into the author I am today. I’ve also learned there are additional rules within a genre, depending on the sub-genre you’ve decided to write in. These rules apply to the dialogue spoken, which needs to be true to the time period you’re writing in, as well as how your characters are dressed, and their titles, if any, as is the case with the Regency sub-genre of romance novels. 

So as you can see, writing is not merely a string of words you put together. There are rules that need to be followed if you’re to be well received by your readers.   

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you.



Guest Blogger Bio

 

 

I’m a retired NYC civil servant who has been married for 19 years with no children. We have two senior cats, a Maine Coon with diabetes, and a calico. My first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel is entitled I Kissed a Ghost.  For my second romance novel I’ve returned to writing the untitled contemporary romance I wrote about in my post.







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Due to an unexpected delay the Kindle version should become available around May 13th.

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  2. THANKS Marie for posting my article about my transition form writing non-fiction commentary type items for a community newspaper to my writing "I Kissed a Ghost"

    And to let everyone know the KINDLE VERSION of my 1st YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel, “I Kissed a Ghost” is now available http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRQ9SC6
    whereever KINDLE books are available on Amazon

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  3. Very interesting and informative article on changing genres. I found the same problems when changing from non-fiction writing to fiction, especially genre fiction which has set formulas as Robin notes. Thanks for a chance to hear Robin's remarks on her writing journey.

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    1. THANKS for stopping by and leaving your comment.
      BTW - I loved reading your poignant, roller coaster of emotions memoir "And The Whippoorwill Sang."

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  4. You seemed to have made the transition from one genre to another rather smoothly, Robin. Good luck with your new novel. It looks adorable.

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    1. Evelyn
      THANKS for leaving your comment and for your support. Remember you can read about 14 UNEDITED SNIPPETS from random sections of the novel by going to any of the above links.

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  5. As an ex journo I can well and truly relate to the Show not Tell struggle! I didn't have as much trouble with POV though. Someone said look through the POV character's eyes and if they can't see it you can't write it. Works like a charm for me!! Great post. I enjoyed it. good luck with I Kissed a Ghost.

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  6. Hi Tea
    It's interesting that while you, Micki, and myself all have our roots in the journalistic style of writing, each of our journeys of transitioning seems to have taken a difference.
    VIVA LA DIFFERENCE !!!

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    THANKS for reading my article,

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