Genres of Fiction

Daily Prompt #32: Lifing a Line

Take a line you highlighted in your notebooks from last week. Make it the first line of a new piece and begin adding on to it.

Take five minutes.

Next Friday, you will have another summative assessment due. You will either write a short story or an excerpt from a novel. To help you do this, the lessons this week and next will focus on different aspects of fiction writing. Feel free to use the flash fiction from last week to serve as your base for your longer piece.

Today, we’re going to talk about genre.

In the context of writing, the word genre is a reference to a type of writing which has unique characteristics in regards to narrative elements such as setting, plot, character, and theme (just to name a few).

Brainstorm as many genres as you can think of and write them in your notebooks. Then, identify the following on your list:

* your favorite genre to READ

* your favorite genre to WRITE

* genres you’ve never read or written

Be prepared to discuss.

 

Here is an additional list of genres: 35 Genres

 


Let’s play around with genre for a bit. Write down the following sentence:

A man walked down the street.

 

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a mystery.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a sci fi or fantasy.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a romance.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a comedy.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a historical fiction.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a mystery.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a realistic fiction.

 

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