A Look at Writing Stories

The other day I was online when I found a survey from a blog I was following on tumblr. It was about writing so I took because I had time to spend. What I didn’t expect was that the options would get me thinking about what I write and how I right. Usually where taught that labels stifle our creativity but in my case, they exposed me to things I hadn’t heard or gave a name to something that I couldn’t find the words to describe to someone else.

So anyway, here are the significant parts fro the survey that I edited a bit for the post:


How Long Have You Been Writing?
o Less than One Year
o Less Than Two Years
o Less Than Three Years
o Less Than Four Years
o Less Than Five Years
o More Than Five Years

Do You Want to Be Published?
o Yes
o No
o Unsure
Have You Been Published?
Either traditionally or through self publishing. Does not include literary journals.
o Yes
o No
o I am currently going through the publishing process (i.e., you either have a contract with a publisher or you have started self publishing), but my story has not yet been published
o I am currently looking for an agent or a publisher

 Genre Information
What Genres Do You Write?
o Adventure, Action, Espionage (spy)
o Comedy, Satire
o Contemporary, Modern, Realistic
o Crime, Detective, Mystery
o Drama
o Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Modern Fantasy, Heroic/Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Dark Fantasy, etc.
o Historical, Alternate History
o Horror, Thriller, Gothic Fiction, Noir
o Literary Fiction
o Romance, Erotic Fiction
o Science Fiction, Punk Genres (steam, cyber, etc.), Dystopian, Apocalyptic/Post Apocalyptic, Alien Invasion, etc.
o Mixed Genres (for example: Science Fantasy, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance)

What Age Groups Do You Write?
o Children’s
o Middle Grade
o Young Adult
o New Adult
o Adult

What Types of Stories Do You Write?
o Short Stories
o Novellas
o Novels
o Book Series



See definitions of these genres here: http://thewritingcafe.tumblr.com/post/57879584935/basics-genres-alternate-world-a-setting-that
What Subgenres Do You Write?
o Arthurian
o Celtic
o Contemporary/Modern
o Dark Fantasy – fantasy combined with horror
o Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Retellings
o Gaslamp – Edwardian/Victorian setting or technology
o Heroic/High/Epic
o Historical
o Magical Realism
o Medieval
o Mythological – covers all stories dealing with gods, deities, spirits, demons, etc.
o Norse/Germanic
o Paranormal Romance
o Portal Fantasy
o Science Fantasy
o Superhero
o Supernatural/Paranormal – vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc.
o Sword and Sorcery
o Sword and Soul – S&S, but Afro-centric
o Urban Fantasy

o Wuxia: A genre in which the protagonist learns a martial art and follows a code. This genre is popular in Chinese speaking areas.


See definitions of these genres here: http://thewritingcafe.tumblr.com/post/55802159511/basic-horror-writing-guide
What subgenres do you write?
o Dark Fantasy
o Gore
o Gothic
o Hauntings
o Horror (general)
o Lovecraftian
o Noir
o Supernatural/Paranormal
o Psychological
o Thriller


What Subgenres Do You Write?
o Historical Romance
o Contemporary/Modern
o Erotic
o Gothic
o Paranormal Romance
o Other:

See definitions of these genres here: http://thewritingcafe.tumblr.com/post/56379026932/basics-sub-genres-alien-invasion-involves
What Subgenres Do You Write?
o Alien Invasion
o Apocalyptic/Post Apocalyptic
o Artificial Intelligence/Robots/Androids/etc.
o Cyberpunk, cyberspace
o Steampunk
o Other “punk” genres
o Dystopian/Utopian
o Hard Sci-Fi (realistic science)
o Military
o Space Opera
o Parallel Universe/Alternate Universe/Multiverse
o Science Fantasy
o Time Travel
o Soft Sci Fi (scientific detail is low and does not have to be accurate)


Anyways, I think this will be great for helping me define what and how I would like to write in the future. Also here’s a link to the survey while it remains active, enjoy!



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