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Is Your Story Trapped In A Genre?

Is Your Story Trapped In A Genre?

August 17, 2012

Editor’s note: this post was first published in 2010. Have you ever read The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky? If you ever read it you’ll probably be as surprised as I was to find that its part family drama, part comedy, part romantic story, part thriller, part mystery and part courtroom drama. I was amazed at how many varied genres were successfully attempted in one novel. Could such a work be pulled off today? I doubt it. It’s rarely attempted in the mainstream. But when it is attempted, and when genre-less creations make it to the populace, they are incredibly popular and, yes, timeless. (Love it or hate it, Titanic was a chick-flick/action/thriller/romance/historical-boat-biopic that made lots of money.) Is this a coincidence? I’m not sure it is. Shakespeare was the same way. The difference between comedy and tragedy in Shakespeare’s time was only determined by the head count on stage by the end of the play. Other than that, each […]

Genre Kills

Genre Kills

March 3, 2010

I’m a big fan of looking beyond genre, because I think genre kills. Genre imprisons creatives into little boxes that creative people were designed to break in the first place. Genre kills because life isn’t lived in genres

Finding My Form

Finding My Form

March 2, 2010

I think finding the right form is important for any writer. Just like an athlete has to pick what kind of sport to dedicate themselves to, a writer needs to know what form fits them best.