How to Choose a Genre When Writing (Sometimes the Genre Chooses You)

Another great post from the Writer’s Digest website. Quite a short one this week. This one was written by the guest columnist Catherine Ryan Hyde and published in April 2015. For those of you who may not recognise the name, Catherine is the bestselling author of twenty-seven published and forthcoming books. Some of her recent books include Worthy, The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me with You and Where We Belong. Her short stories have been published in Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun. She has received numerous awards, including the Rainbow Award and the British Book Award. Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture and translated into twenty-three languages. Hyde is the founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation. For more information, please visit or connect with her on Twitter @cryanhyde

“I should probably start by saying that the question of target audience is never in my mind as I write a novel. I make sure it’s not. If I let it creep in, it will do nothing but trip me up.” Click HEREto keep reading.


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