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Camp NaNoWriMo: Breaking the Rules of Genre



We’re getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo this April! Camp is a great way to expand your writing style or work on a different type of project than you normally do. Today, author Laura Goodin delves into the history of genre–and shows that you don’t have to put a label on your writing to make it work:

You know them, you love them, you use them. They’re comfortable and satisfying. They communicate a lot of meaning and background efficiently. And they’re something you share with thousands, even millions, of kindred spirits. They’re tropes, genre conventions, the rules for how a story should go. 

Popular fiction, and speculative fiction in particular, began to be sorted into categories beginning around the late 1920s. Various pulp magazines and publishers began to go after the loyalty of specific readerships by giving them more and more of what they had shown (with their dollars) that they liked. 

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Can we write in different genres and still be respected in the morning?

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