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What Genre do You Like Best? #IWSG


It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Thank you to this month’s IWSG co-hosts:  Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte! Today I’ll be talking about genre as I answer June 5th’s optional IWSG Day Question:

Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

Sci-Fi Genre with Dystopian Elements

There are 3 genres I enjoy writing. Even though I don’t read a lot of it, sci-fi is one of my favorites, particularly those with dystopian elements. They are often excellent cautionary tales that can be fun to devise. They take the question of where are we heading, and what could be the disastrous consequences of continuing down that path? Perhaps one of the most famous of these novels is George Orwell’s “1984.” You may be more familiar with “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.

Mystery Genre

Another genre I enjoy writing is mystery. I love coming up with elaborate plots and envy the brilliant minds of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Writing a good mystery is a lot like baking. You have to add just the right amount of the right ingredients (without leaving anything out) to get a good result.  A little romance helps, but it’s not essential.

Nonfiction Genre

The 3rd genre I enjoy writing is my 3rd favorite, but it is the one I write most often: nonfiction. Perhaps it’s because I spent so many years teaching in various ways (homeschooling, Sunday school, training restaurant employees) that I have a knack for explaining things. That’s how I approach my blog posts and books about living with cancer. It comes naturally to me.

What genres do you enjoy writing?

What Are YOUR Thoughts?

I’d love to hear in the comment section, below. I appreciate my readers as well as the writing community. To show that appreciation, I use Comment Luv. Just leave a comment below and your latest post will get a link next to it. Thank you!

About Heather EricksonFacing Cancer as a Parent

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:

The Memory Maker’s Journal 

Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer

Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer

I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.

What are your thought? I'd love to hear them!

5 comments on “What Genre do You Like Best? #IWSG

Hi,
I loved reading George Orwell’s 1984 and I am all out loving fan of books Poirot, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple. I believe I’ve read every story written by Agatha Christie.

You are a busy lady and that is wonderful. You’ve found your purpose and you’re busy fulfilling it and for that I admire you because I admire people who walk circumspectly through the world as they fulfill their god given destiny.

All the best.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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I’m all about anything with monsters or fantasy creatures in it. Doesn’t matter if its YA, MG, or adult. I will read it and most likely enjoy it.

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Good choices! I am not strong enough for the dystopian fiction in any genre. I like my rose-colored glasses. I often search a digital book to see if a character I like survives to the end. But, this is just me!

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Dystopian stories are always fascinating. It’s interesting to see how different authors can visualize different scenarios.

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Non fiction is easier to write, I think. Good choices.

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