Good Morning Readers,
I wanted to share the below information with you, in case you too are interested in writing. If you do happen to know what genre that you plan or want to write–even if it’s just a scene–I found the below extremely useful! I had not thought about looking up your genre and studying it to find what the bestsellers do–structure, character types, plot, and so forth. I wish I had thought of it. Enjoy!
STUDY THE GREAT OR SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS IN YOUR CATEGORY
Yes, there’s homework! You want to write great stories, but you also want to stand out in your genre. Study the competition. This takes time and effort. Read the authors who are selling in the genre you are considering.
What about the bestselling authors? Look at the lists of authors who’ve successfully mastered the genre and know what readers want. Compare their writing styles.
Next, read stories from the authors you personally enjoy–in particular, any authors who you believe deserve a wider audience. What about their writing makes you want to read their books?
Study the books that were made into movies. Why were they so successful that it was important to put them on the big screen?
Find interviews that were conducted with these authors. Most of them have a story to tell. This plays a role in developing your personal writing style–while developing your personal story as well.
LEARN THE RULES OF THE CATEGORY
Once you’ve decided on a particular genre, you need to know the rules. Just like a game, you must know what it takes to make it to the next level. What are the tropes that define the genre? Is there anything in particular that should be included? What stands out the most? Is there a visible formula? All of these factors are pieces to the puzzle. In order to succeed in any genre, you need to know the rules, especially if your style of writing incorporates elements of another genre.
Depending on your writing style when using certain genres, you may have to learn different dialects, nuances and other elements that will help bring your story to life. All of these are important in writing a story that works.
Besides — you have to know the rules before you break them.
UNDERSTAND THE EXPECTATIONS OF READERS
Every story starts with an expectation from the reader, and the readers hold the keys to evaluating whether or not a story is successful. When doing your research on writers that have continuous success in a particular genre, think about their readers. What do they expect from this category or genre? How do those authors deliver?
Even when writing for enjoyment, you need to understand the expectations that will be placed on your and your story, even if you plan on deviating into new territory. Readers expect a lot, and it’s up to you to deliver.
Here are a few suggestions for meeting reader expectations:
Give them a plot they can follow.
Make it interesting enough that they have to think. Don’t make it too easy to figure out.
Evoke emotion. It doesn’t matter whether it is a romance, suspense, thriller, or action novel, there has to be some form of emotion that readers will experience.
Give them realistic characters. Having characters that readers can relate to is always a winner.
Show, don’t tell. Readers love books that will allow them to imagine a scene, the hair color of a character, the smell of their perfume or cologne, the sound of the engine gunning down the street. The object is to pull your reader in.
Has this helped you? Did you find it as fascinating as I did? I hope so. I found it very useful and nice to have another set of eyes and opinions, per se, on my own journey to becoming a published author–one can dream. Thank you for reading.