Category Archives: Genre

Genre – Act by Act

By Melanie Anne Phillips Many writers have a misconception that genre is something you “write in” – like a box. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Genre is the overall personality of a story, created through structural and storytelling elements … Continue reading

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Revealing Your Story’s Personality

Your story’s genre is its overall personality. As with the people that you meet, first impressions are very important. In act one, you introduce your story to your reader/audience. The selection of elements you choose to initially employ will set … Continue reading

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How to Avoid the “Genre Trap”

A common misconception sees genre as a fixed list of dramatic requirements or a rigid structural template from which there can be no deviation. Writers laboring under these restrictions often find themselves boxed-in creatively. They become snared in the Genre … Continue reading

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Your Unique Genre

Your Unique Genre (Steps 32-35) In these steps you’ll identify as many genres as you can that have elements you’d like to include in your novel. You’ll list these elements and then draw upon them to fashion a unique genre … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Genre Trap

Read it here for free or Get it on Kindle for $0.99 Introduction A common misconception sees genre as a fixed list of dramatic requirements or a rigid structural template from which there can be no deviation. Writers laboring under these restrictions often … Continue reading

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A New Approach to Genre

 A Writer Asks: Can you say a few words about how Dramatica deals with Genre? I Reply… To begin with, Dramatica divides the substance of “Story” into two parst: Story Structure, and Story Telling. When you read a story or … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Genre Trap

A common misconception sees genre as a fixed list of dramatic requirements or a rigid structural template from which there can be no deviation. Writers laboring under these restrictions often find themselves boxed-in creatively. They become snared in the Genre … Continue reading

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