Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Genre

This month I'm participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. The theme I'm going with this year is writing humor. Follow along to learn more about the different ways to make your fiction, articles or blog posts humorous. 

Knowing what genre your writing falls into is imporant for many reasons. One of those is so you know who your audience is. 

Knowing your audience lets you decide whether jokes involving words like boogers and tooting are funny. Or if your work needs a different kind of humor altogether. Like, something involving teenage behavior. Or maybe, it's more for adults and involves office dynamics and the dramas of parenthood.    

A friend recently read a chapter of my WIP and was completely grossed out by the copious amount of description involving snot. 

See, I have these creatures whose noses are constantly dripping rivers of slimey yellow snot. I love writing the description, how it puddles above their lips and they lick it away or wipe their hands through it, stringing the snot through the air. 

I'm writing a fantasy middle grade. 

For boys. 

And bathroom humor is king. Anything involving bodily odors or even better ...body sounds is awesome. And thick streams of snot? I think my intended audience will lick it up, too. 

But would it be a good fit for, say, women's literary fiction? Or how about a political satire? Um...probably not. 

So, what are you writing? What is the genre? What kind of humor are you trying to use?Any snotty creatures floating around in your book? 


  1. Yeah, knowing the readers for your book's genre is essential. And yes, boys love bathroom humour.

  2. Potty humor for boys it NEVER gets old.

  3. Knowing your audience - very important. I have yet to figure out who is mine ... *grins*

    AtoZ Mighty Minion giving you a visit.

  4. I write 20th century historical, and some of my books are a mix of historical, satire, spoof, and humor. It's sort of like the deliberately over the top humor in shows like The Boondocks or American Dad, not meant to be taken seriously or considered realistic.

  5. Yeah, I'm with Vicki... ewwwwwww.

    I am more in the paranormal/fantasy/mystery genre for adults at this point. Who knows? I may find myself writing something totally different a few years from now and need to write about copious amounts of snot. :-) You make a great point about knowing your audience.

    Lyre at Lyre's Musings