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.

Short Story or Novel Excerpt – what will you choose?

Daily Prompt #17: Lifting a Line

Take a line you highlighted or underlined or starred in your notebooks from a couple of weeks ago. Make it the first line of a new piece and begin adding on to it.

Take five minutes.

 

Today, you’re going to make a decision: short story or novel excerpt? Let’s look at some samples to help you make a decision.

 

Next, let’s look at the rubric so you understand what your fiction needs to make it a good read!  🙂

 

Before you leave, you have to make a commitment: short story or novel excerpt. Write your name down on a post-it note and stick it in the appropriate column on the board.

 

 

NaNoWriMo: Which genre will you choose?

DP #27:  Considering Genres

Hopefully, you have all selected an idea for a novel that you want to work with. The next step to help you solidify your idea is to consider which genre (or blend of genre) you’ll be writing in.

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. 


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 fantasy.


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

 

In preparation for NaNoWriMo (you’re signing up officially in the lab tomorrow!), let’s look at pages 43-45 in your workbooks. There, you will find survival tips, a contract, and a calendar.

To help you figure out what your word count should be, use this helpful guide. For this class, you are required to have a minimum of 5,000 words.

Spooky Writing: Sharing Day

Daily Prompt #32: Two-sentence Story

Take five minutes and write a spooky piece of flash fiction.

Example:  She asked why I was breathing so heavily.  I wasn’t.

Today, some of you will be sharing your spooky writing with your peers.

Everyone will be providing positive, specific feedback.

The goal is for everyone to provide peer feedback at least twice.

Let’s remind ourselves of what positive, specific feedback should sound like.

Okay, time to share!

Done early?  Here’s an audio recording of “The Raven” we can listen to.

Halloween-themed Writing Cont’d

Daily Prompt #31: Figurative Language

Take a look at your writing from yesterday and write down some figurative language that could complement it. Some examples of figurative language are metaphor, simile, and personification.

Today, I want to give you time to simply write and work on your pieces.  While you do, I’ll be conferencing.

Remember, tomorrow we will be meeting in lab 300 so you can post your pieces.

 

Halloween-themed Writing

Daily Prompt #30: What are you afraid of?

Take five minutes and make a list of what frightens you.

Be prepared to share with the class.

This week, we’re going to dabble in the following genres: horror, suspense, and mystery.  You will all be crafting a “spooky” piece to put on your blogs.  For those who want extra credit, you can share a link to your post on our class blog and then read it to the class on Thursday.

You may write a poem, flash fiction, or short piece of fiction.  You might even want to try your hand at an epistle!

Please note we are meeting in Lab 300 this week on Wednesday.

We will be having a sharing party on Thursday.  Let’s get a food sign-up going!

To help craft your spooky pieces, complete the following activities today:

*Select one of the items from the list above.

*Writing from 1st person point of view, describe a scene where you are forced to face this fear.

*As you write, remember to incorporate imagery.  Utilize all five senses.

*Consider using figurative language (metaphor, simile, personification) to heighten your feelings of fear.

*Consider the ending.  Do you want it to end well?  Badly?  Ambiguously?

*What is the purpose of your piece?  What do you want your readers to feel after reading it?

*Do you want to add an ironic twist anywhere?

 

Cross-genre sharing

Daily Prompt

WN #28: Writing from a List

Pick a topic and write it at the top of your entry.  The words can be concrete or abstract.  Then, for five minutes brainstorm a list to accompany it.  If you’re stuck, ask a peer to write a word at the top for you.

Now it’s time to share your works-in-progress with other genre teams.  Swap notebooks with another team.  This time, your reading focus is to offer feedback as to whether or not the characteristics of the genre are being met.  In writing, offer suggestions and ideas and let the writer know what they’re doing well.

With the time remaining, continue crafting your piece and consider posting it on your blog.

Happy writing!

 

New Genre Team Sharing

Daily Prompt

WN #27: Lifing a Line

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

Take ten minutes.

Let’s get back in our teams and do a bit of sharing.  Take your notebooks out and flip to the piece of writing you have been working on in a new genre.  At the top of the page, write down at least two questions you have that your peers can answer for you when they read your piece.  This will give them a focus when they read your work.

Now pass your notebooks in a clockwise circle.  Read what each other have so far in this new genre and write comments, questions, and ideas, being sure to include a response to the questions at the top.

When you are done, read the notes you wrote each other and then discuss at your tables.

As always, happy writing!

 

Writing in a new genre

Daily Prompt

WN #26: Rereading and Highlighting

Take some time to pore over your notebook again (you’ve got 25 entries now, plus extra writing you may have added!).  As before, add notes, highlight, and jot down new ideas for this entry, inspired by previous entries.

Be especially mindful of previous ideas from your notebook which may work well for the genre you’re exploring this week.

For the remainder of class, start crafting a new piece of writing in the genre you’ve chosen.  Discuss ideas and collaborate with your genre team.

While you write, I’ll continue conferencing with students.

Happy writing and collaborating!

Oh, City Girl, if you didn’t notice, you have been “tagged” to add the next section to our class chain story.  🙂

Identifying Genres

Daily Prompt

WN #25: Thinking about Genres

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 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.

Let’s share our lists and create a class list of genres, including characteristics of each.

Let’s discuss what genres we are comfortable with and which ones we haven’t gotten to know yet.

Here are some additional lists of genres.  As you will see, it can be very broad or very specific!

Reading Genres

35 Genres

This week, the goal is to write in a genre you’ve NEVER written in before.  You make choose to dabble in poetry or prose.

To do this, we’re going to create genre “teams” this week.

Writing in a genre you’re not used to can be tricky.  By creating a writing team, you can discuss, brainstorm, and consult together.  Feel free to utilize our class bookshelf as well to see some examples in this genre.

If you want, you might choose to write a piece with a partner or small group.  You may also write individually.  The idea is to use your team mates for support and ideas.

Let’s create our teams, then begin brainstorming.  You will be working with these pieces and these teams all week.

Keep in mind: you will ALL be writing something eerie/spooky next week in the spirit of Halloween, so you might want to avoid that this week.  It’s up to you though.

Happy writing!