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Writing genres and sub-genres

. If you are going to write, publish, or market your novel, you are going to want to know what genre and possibly even more importantly, what sub-genre your work is. It can be more complicated than you think at first. The best way I have found so far is, as you may have guessed, Wikipedia. Go to

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Genre categories: fiction and nonfiction

A genre may fall under one of two categories: fiction and non-fiction. Any genre can be either a work of fiction (nonfactual descriptions and events invented by the author) or a work of nonfiction (a communication in which descriptions and events are understood to be factual).

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Genres and subgenres

Let’s say your book exists because a crime occurred. You see Crime Fiction listed. Click on the link and it will take you to the Crime Fiction article. There you will see the Categories of Crime Fiction part way down the page.

A couple of the categories listed are:

  • Detective fiction: a subgenre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator or a detective—either professional, amateur or retired—investigates a crime, often murder
  • The cozy mystery: a subgenre of detective fiction in which profanity, sex, and violence are downplayed or treated humorously.
  • The whodunit: the most common form of detective fiction. It features a complex, plot-driven story in which the reader is provided with clues from which the identity of the perpetrator of the crime may be deduced before the solution is revealed at the end of the book.

There are lots more. But, let’s say, you think cozy mystery matches what you are going to write. Click on the cozy mystery link and it will take you to the article about cozy mysteries and you can be sure.

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