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Writing in Different Genres 
Vincent H. O’Neil 
www.vincenthoneil.com 
Mystery Horror 
Science 
Fiction
Presentation Outline 
• Definitions 
• Why write in different genres? 
• What’s the same? 
• What’s different? 
• Familiarize yourself with the genre—but not too much 
• Examples 
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Writing is a Personal Thing 
• What works for one writer might not work for 
another 
• This is a highly creative process, so do it your way 
• If you want to write in more than one genre, by all 
means do it 
• If you don’t want to write on more than one 
genre, by all means do that
What is a Genre? 
• A literary genre is a category of literary 
composition. Genres may be determined by 
technique, tone, content, or even length. 
• The distinctions between genres and categories 
are flexible and loosely defined, often with 
subgroups. 
• Many books contain elements from different 
genres.
Genre Classifications 
• Nonfiction. This is Informational text dealing with 
an actual, real-life subject. This genre of literature 
offers opinions or conjectures on facts and reality. 
This includes biographies, history, essays, speech, 
and narrative nonfiction. 
• The genre of Fiction can be defined as narrative 
literary works whose content is produced by the 
imagination and is not necessarily based on fact. 
In fiction something is feigned, invented, or 
imagined; a made-up story.
Examples of Nonfiction 
• Narrative Nonfiction is information based on fact 
that is presented in a format which tells a story. 
• Essays are a short literary composition that 
reflects the author’s outlook or point. 
• A Biography is a written account of another 
person’s life. 
• An Autobiography gives the history of a person’s 
life, written or told by that person.
Examples of Fiction 
• Fantasy is the forming of mental images with 
strange or otherworldly settings or characters; 
fiction which invites suspension of reality. 
• Humor is fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement 
which is meant to entertain. This genre of 
literature can actually be seen and contained 
within all genres. 
• Science Fiction is a story based on impact of 
potential science, either actual or imagined.
Examples of Fiction 
• Short Story is fiction of such briefness that is not 
able to support any subplots. 
• Historical Fiction is a story with fictional 
characters and events in a historical setting. 
• Horror is fiction in which events evoke a feeling of 
dread in both the characters and the reader. 
• Mystery is a genre of fiction that deals with the 
solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets.
Why write in different genres? 
• Because you want to 
• Because you enjoy reading different genres 
• To build different skills as a storyteller 
• Again: If you don’t want to do this, DON’T 
This presentation will be focused on fiction
What’s the Same? 
• You’re not a writer—you’re a storyteller 
• No matter what genre you write in, it’s important to 
tell a story that holds the reader’s attention 
• A compelling story filled with engaging characters that 
leaves the reader feeling that the time was well spent 
• Make the reader feel he or she is experiencing the 
same things as the characters 
• When all else fails, tell the story
What’s Different? 
• The characteristics of different genres will 
sometimes suggest elements that the story should 
contain 
• For example, a mystery usually deals with the 
solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets 
while science fiction and fantasy often require the 
creation of settings, capabilities, or beings that do 
not exist 
• Some genres elicit a reaction from the reader, as 
in stories of horror and suspense
Familiarize yourself with the genre 
• Read books from that genre 
• Take note of elements that seem related to that 
genre 
• Research the genre 
• Get a feel for some of the things that might be 
considered “no-no’s” 
• Once you’re familiar with the genre, feel free to 
break any “rules” you’ve encountered
Example: Murder Mysteries 
• A mystery usually deals with the solution of a 
crime or the unraveling of secrets 
• Mysteries come in a LOT of different shapes and 
sizes (cozy, noir, hard-boiled, police procedural, 
etc.) 
• A “Whodunnit” challenges the reader to figure out 
what happened / who committed the crime, so: 
• Play fair with the reader 
• Provide sufficient clues 
• Avoid outright “red herrings” 
• Introduce the perpetrator before the end of the story
Murder in Exile 
• Written as an entry to the St. Martin’s Press 
“Malice Domestic” writing competition 
• The competition specified some loose 
guidelines that helped shape the plot: 
• Amateur sleuth with no police contacts 
• Very little violence 
• Re-read Fer De Lance by Rex Stout to get the 
tone 
• Re-read Thinner by Stephen King because 
that main character was an amateur put in 
the position of having to conduct his own 
investigation
Murder in Exile 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating 
by Steven Kerry Brown 
• Requirements for licensing as a PI meant my main 
character could not be a PI 
• Other jobs / roles in the investigations community 
suggested the main character could be a fact-checker 
or background-checker 
• The investigation suggested first person singular (who 
does the main character talk to?) 
Frank Cole, a bankrupted software designer, is a 
background checker for local insurance outfits and 
law offices near the town of Exile, Florida
Death Troupe 
• Inspired by a skit at a mystery writers’ 
convention 
• Required a lot of research, beginning with the 
basics 
• The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur 
Theatricals by John Kenrick 
• All the way up to the memoirs of major 
directors 
• Great value in learning how actors develop 
characters, how playwrights create plots, 
how directors shape story arcs, and how set 
and costume designers integrate colors, 
lighting, and imagery
Death Troupe 
• Brainstorming using different kinds of 
murder mystery theater 
• Techniques of audience involvement, 
including an option to choose a character 
to be the perpetrator (multiple endings) 
• Wanted this to be a book that explores 
the creative process 
In the snow-covered Adirondack town of 
Schuyler Mills, playwright Jack Glynn may 
be writing the script for his own murder
Example: Sci-Fi and Fantasy 
• Science Fiction is a story based on 
impact of potential science, either 
actual or imagined. 
• Fantasy is the forming of mental 
images with strange or otherworldly 
settings or characters; fiction which 
invites suspension of reality. 
• Science fiction and Fantasy often 
require the creation of settings, 
capabilities, or beings that do not 
exist
Glory Main 
• Always wanted to write a military science 
fiction story 
• Intrigued by the notion of being 
marooned with almost nothing—no 
water, no food, no weapons 
• Drew on personal experience of arduous 
walks with little sleep and very little food 
in the US Army’s Ranger School 
• Re-read Armor by John Steakley for 
combat sequences 
• Re-read Stephen King’s The Long Walk 
for descriptions of forced marches
Glory Main 
Space Travel: A Writer's Guide to the Science of 
Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel by Ben Bova 
• Excellent overview of the many considerations when 
writing science fiction 
• Lots of examples 
• Great advice such as making sure what you’re 
writing isn’t completely impossible (and even then 
it’s all in how you write it) 
Four strangers awake to find themselves 
marooned on an unidentified planet with no 
water, no food, no weapons—and plenty of 
enemies
Example: Horror and Suspense 
• Horror is fiction in which events evoke 
a feeling of dread in both the 
characters and the reader. 
• According to Alfred Hitchcock, 
suspense bears no relationship to fear. 
Instead, it is the state of waiting for 
something to happen. (The Talented 
Mr. Ripley) 
• In both horror and suspense, the story 
is meant to elicit a sensation from the 
reader.
Interlands 
• Stephen King’s The Shining inspired me to write 
• Raised in New England, roomed in supposedly 
haunted barracks at West Point, and living near 
Providence 
• Riding the train to Boston, noticed how much 
dense, overgrown territory surrounds the tracks 
• Re-read Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower to learn 
about different settlements that lived and died 
near Plymouth in early colonial times 
• Re-read The Best of HP Lovecraft for the feel of a 
main character who is intellectual and obsessed
Interlands 
Feeling of dread experienced by the main 
character and the reader: 
• Dangerous, spooky setting of the woods that 
border the train tracks 
• Search for a missing stone obelisk once 
worshiped by a colonial-era cult that perished 
at its feet 
• Competition from shady characters 
• Main character slowly being confronted by 
increasingly less deniable supernatural 
phenomena 
• Secrets regarding the obelisk and the cult 
slowly uncovered through research and 
investigation
Interlands 
New England setting 
• Story based in colonial history 
• Set in the Fall, approaching Halloween 
• Forests changing with the seasons 
• Haunted Hayride sequence 
• Providence Waterfire sequence 
• Providence colleges, libraries, and school of design 
Graduate student Angie Morse is searching the 
woods around Providence, Rhode Island for a lost 
stone obelisk once worshiped by a colonial-era cult 
that perished at its feet. Pray she doesn’t find it.
For Your Consideration 
• Writing in different genres can help you grow as a 
storyteller 
• Writing in different genres can open up new 
audiences to all of your work 
• Writing in different genres can be helpful if one of 
your genres temporarily loses popularity 
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Writing in Different Genres: Why, Why Not, and How To

  • 1. Writing in Different Genres Vincent H. O’Neil www.vincenthoneil.com Mystery Horror Science Fiction
  • 2. Presentation Outline • Definitions • Why write in different genres? • What’s the same? • What’s different? • Familiarize yourself with the genre—but not too much • Examples This slide presentation is available online at www.slideshare.net
  • 3. Writing is a Personal Thing • What works for one writer might not work for another • This is a highly creative process, so do it your way • If you want to write in more than one genre, by all means do it • If you don’t want to write on more than one genre, by all means do that
  • 4. What is a Genre? • A literary genre is a category of literary composition. Genres may be determined by technique, tone, content, or even length. • The distinctions between genres and categories are flexible and loosely defined, often with subgroups. • Many books contain elements from different genres.
  • 5. Genre Classifications • Nonfiction. This is Informational text dealing with an actual, real-life subject. This genre of literature offers opinions or conjectures on facts and reality. This includes biographies, history, essays, speech, and narrative nonfiction. • The genre of Fiction can be defined as narrative literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact. In fiction something is feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story.
  • 6. Examples of Nonfiction • Narrative Nonfiction is information based on fact that is presented in a format which tells a story. • Essays are a short literary composition that reflects the author’s outlook or point. • A Biography is a written account of another person’s life. • An Autobiography gives the history of a person’s life, written or told by that person.
  • 7. Examples of Fiction • Fantasy is the forming of mental images with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality. • Humor is fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement which is meant to entertain. This genre of literature can actually be seen and contained within all genres. • Science Fiction is a story based on impact of potential science, either actual or imagined.
  • 8. Examples of Fiction • Short Story is fiction of such briefness that is not able to support any subplots. • Historical Fiction is a story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting. • Horror is fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread in both the characters and the reader. • Mystery is a genre of fiction that deals with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets.
  • 9. Why write in different genres? • Because you want to • Because you enjoy reading different genres • To build different skills as a storyteller • Again: If you don’t want to do this, DON’T This presentation will be focused on fiction
  • 10. What’s the Same? • You’re not a writer—you’re a storyteller • No matter what genre you write in, it’s important to tell a story that holds the reader’s attention • A compelling story filled with engaging characters that leaves the reader feeling that the time was well spent • Make the reader feel he or she is experiencing the same things as the characters • When all else fails, tell the story
  • 11. What’s Different? • The characteristics of different genres will sometimes suggest elements that the story should contain • For example, a mystery usually deals with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets while science fiction and fantasy often require the creation of settings, capabilities, or beings that do not exist • Some genres elicit a reaction from the reader, as in stories of horror and suspense
  • 12. Familiarize yourself with the genre • Read books from that genre • Take note of elements that seem related to that genre • Research the genre • Get a feel for some of the things that might be considered “no-no’s” • Once you’re familiar with the genre, feel free to break any “rules” you’ve encountered
  • 13. Example: Murder Mysteries • A mystery usually deals with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets • Mysteries come in a LOT of different shapes and sizes (cozy, noir, hard-boiled, police procedural, etc.) • A “Whodunnit” challenges the reader to figure out what happened / who committed the crime, so: • Play fair with the reader • Provide sufficient clues • Avoid outright “red herrings” • Introduce the perpetrator before the end of the story
  • 14. Murder in Exile • Written as an entry to the St. Martin’s Press “Malice Domestic” writing competition • The competition specified some loose guidelines that helped shape the plot: • Amateur sleuth with no police contacts • Very little violence • Re-read Fer De Lance by Rex Stout to get the tone • Re-read Thinner by Stephen King because that main character was an amateur put in the position of having to conduct his own investigation
  • 15. Murder in Exile The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating by Steven Kerry Brown • Requirements for licensing as a PI meant my main character could not be a PI • Other jobs / roles in the investigations community suggested the main character could be a fact-checker or background-checker • The investigation suggested first person singular (who does the main character talk to?) Frank Cole, a bankrupted software designer, is a background checker for local insurance outfits and law offices near the town of Exile, Florida
  • 16. Death Troupe • Inspired by a skit at a mystery writers’ convention • Required a lot of research, beginning with the basics • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals by John Kenrick • All the way up to the memoirs of major directors • Great value in learning how actors develop characters, how playwrights create plots, how directors shape story arcs, and how set and costume designers integrate colors, lighting, and imagery
  • 17. Death Troupe • Brainstorming using different kinds of murder mystery theater • Techniques of audience involvement, including an option to choose a character to be the perpetrator (multiple endings) • Wanted this to be a book that explores the creative process In the snow-covered Adirondack town of Schuyler Mills, playwright Jack Glynn may be writing the script for his own murder
  • 18. Example: Sci-Fi and Fantasy • Science Fiction is a story based on impact of potential science, either actual or imagined. • Fantasy is the forming of mental images with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality. • Science fiction and Fantasy often require the creation of settings, capabilities, or beings that do not exist
  • 19. Glory Main • Always wanted to write a military science fiction story • Intrigued by the notion of being marooned with almost nothing—no water, no food, no weapons • Drew on personal experience of arduous walks with little sleep and very little food in the US Army’s Ranger School • Re-read Armor by John Steakley for combat sequences • Re-read Stephen King’s The Long Walk for descriptions of forced marches
  • 20. Glory Main Space Travel: A Writer's Guide to the Science of Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel by Ben Bova • Excellent overview of the many considerations when writing science fiction • Lots of examples • Great advice such as making sure what you’re writing isn’t completely impossible (and even then it’s all in how you write it) Four strangers awake to find themselves marooned on an unidentified planet with no water, no food, no weapons—and plenty of enemies
  • 21. Example: Horror and Suspense • Horror is fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread in both the characters and the reader. • According to Alfred Hitchcock, suspense bears no relationship to fear. Instead, it is the state of waiting for something to happen. (The Talented Mr. Ripley) • In both horror and suspense, the story is meant to elicit a sensation from the reader.
  • 22. Interlands • Stephen King’s The Shining inspired me to write • Raised in New England, roomed in supposedly haunted barracks at West Point, and living near Providence • Riding the train to Boston, noticed how much dense, overgrown territory surrounds the tracks • Re-read Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower to learn about different settlements that lived and died near Plymouth in early colonial times • Re-read The Best of HP Lovecraft for the feel of a main character who is intellectual and obsessed
  • 23. Interlands Feeling of dread experienced by the main character and the reader: • Dangerous, spooky setting of the woods that border the train tracks • Search for a missing stone obelisk once worshiped by a colonial-era cult that perished at its feet • Competition from shady characters • Main character slowly being confronted by increasingly less deniable supernatural phenomena • Secrets regarding the obelisk and the cult slowly uncovered through research and investigation
  • 24. Interlands New England setting • Story based in colonial history • Set in the Fall, approaching Halloween • Forests changing with the seasons • Haunted Hayride sequence • Providence Waterfire sequence • Providence colleges, libraries, and school of design Graduate student Angie Morse is searching the woods around Providence, Rhode Island for a lost stone obelisk once worshiped by a colonial-era cult that perished at its feet. Pray she doesn’t find it.
  • 25. For Your Consideration • Writing in different genres can help you grow as a storyteller • Writing in different genres can open up new audiences to all of your work • Writing in different genres can be helpful if one of your genres temporarily loses popularity www.vincenthoneil.com