Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday tidbits

Whew. Back from my long weekend away. I'm glad to be home. I like to travel, but I love my cozy house and comfy bed. I never sleep well in another bed. And traveling with a small child isn't fun. Thank goodness for chocolate. For me!

I haven't done any more writing yet. I haven't done any reading except a few magazine articles here and there. Here's a few things I picked up I thought I'd share with you.

I learned there are three types of YA books: YA (teens), Upper YA (late teens to early twenties), and New Adult (early twenties to twenty-five). The growth in the YA genre is phenomenal and not just amongst young people either. I know a lot of you write in this genre and that's great.

There's a genre called "Gentle Fiction." Usually set in small towns with strong bonds between family and neighbors. The plots center around home, family, and true love. All told in a heartwarming and sweet manner.

I discovered there's such a thing as a personal writing coach. Teacher? Critique partner? Cheerleader? Could be a good thing or could be a scam. Sort of like a life coach.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

10 comments:

  1. There's a genre for everything these days.
    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

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  2. I hadn't heard of 'Gentle Fiction'. They are making up new categories all the time. It's hard to keep up ;)

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  3. Hope you had a nice weekend away:) Agree on the spread of YA - a lot of publishers are now looking for the New Adult - am curious to see if this takes off:)

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  4. Alex, there certainly is. Makes me wonder if someone could just make up a genre and no one would know it it wasn't real!

    Lynda, I know! I try not to think too much about genre when reading and writing, but when it comes to the business side of writing, all these new ones confuse me sometimes.

    Tania, thanks! I can see it being very popular. Just like people of all ages love the Harry Potter series, the YA genre tends to capture readers like that.

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  5. Well, you learn something new every day... thanks for sharing!

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  6. vedy interesting!

    arent we the writing coaches? i'd be wary too, rather pay an editor

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  7. I had no idea there were three types of YA! Thanks for the enlightenment.

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