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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

IWSG: Characteristics of Your Favorite Genre

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive. Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

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What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

MY ANSWER - My favorite genre (at the moment) is YA romance. Romances usually include the full cycle of a romance, beginning with their first meeting (although sometimes characters will already know each other and rather than having an adorable or awkward meeting there will be a trigger event that begins the change in feelings from platonic to romantic). Then, the relationship will be tested or stressed by some series of events. These events can range from simple misunderstandings that are blown out of proportion to serious matters of life and death. Eventually, the conflict is resolved, and the characters are able to fully acknowledge their love, usually resulting in a happily ever after. Some focus on historical scenarios, and others on more contemporary life. They can range from sarcastic, dry-witted, and/or out-right weird, to traditional and sweet. Some even have a heavy dose of trauma or life-threatening situations as part of the plot.

How about you? What are some characteristics of your favorite genre?


Natalie Aguirre said...

It's so funny how so many writers picked romance as the genre they don't like to write and this month others are picking it as their favorite genre. I really like romances as a subplot of another genre. YA romances are fun because they are often first true loves.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Natalie's right - romance was a frequent pick last month, topped only by horror.
You certainly know how to write romance!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I like romance when it has those extra elements. Amy Harmon has a couple great books out there that are historical/mystery or suspense with romance. I listened to the audio and loved them!

Karen Baldwin said...

Ah...a first love. For me, as a teenager it was more like first lust. I married my first lust, and had two children with him...but he was't my first love. True love came many, many years later.