Genres of Fiction and Crafting a Plot

Daily Prompt #18:  Genre Writing

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

Take five minutes. 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.

 

Make a commitment. What genre(s) are you writing in? Just like yesterday, write your name and put it in the appropriate spot on the board.

 

Now that you know which genre and what kind of fiction (short story, novel excerpt), the next step is to plan out your plot line. This can change as you begin writing, but it can be helpful to have a general idea before you dive in. Use this plot chart to help you plan out your ideas. If you’re doing a novel excerpt, be sure to decide which part of the plot you are going to actually write for this assignment.

Show Mrs. Keskes your chart when you are finished for points and for a mini conference to discuss ideas and ask questions.