Genres of Fiction

Daily Prompt #22: Lifing 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, 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. 


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.

 

NaNoWriMo: Which genre will you choose?

DP #26: Two Sentence stories

Like six-words stories, the focus is on brevity. Here’s a sample!

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

Now try writing your own. Feel free to write several.

Take five minutes.

Something to consider when you begin writing your novel is the 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.

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.

 

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!