I’m not even sure how to define this….thing I’m working on, my newest work-in-progress. A young adult dragon novel. I really thought it was fantasy but after some discussion I’m not so sure where in the fantasy realm it falls. Urban? Dystopian? Both sub-genres I want to stay away from due to a market already drowning in so much of it.
In my quest for defining genres I did come across some great posts:
Genres Explained: A post by guest blogger Chuck Sambuchino which uses actual literary agent quotes to define various genres. My favorite line in this post was how writers will say they can’t explain the genre because it’s never been done before and how every time an agent hears that, a kitten explodes. That made me laugh.
Fantasy Writing: Here’s Chuck Wendig’s 25 list of things you should know when writing fantasy. It’s a humorous take on the elements that make fantasy the genre it is. Pretty entertaining.
Even if you’re not looking to publish your manuscript traditionally or you’re not a fantasy buff, these two posts are a fun read. Enjoy!