Episode 32 – Genre

What is Genre?

Genre is one of those words that can mean different things to different people. From a marketing point of view, it allows authors and publishers to categorise their books in a way that let people know what to expect from the content.


Story Grid

Shaun Coyne, the founder of Story Grid, says that determining a novel’s genre is essential for the story to work. Each type has a list of obligatory scenes; without which, a novel will not work.

Shaun also talks about a story’s internal genre, so you might be writing a book that you will market in the Science Fiction genre, but the internal genre is a thriller.

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