Commercial Fiction vs. Literary Fiction—Which Do You Write and How to Tell the Difference?

As soon as you sit down to market your work, you need to know what it is that you've written. You may have some idea from comparing your work to other people, but it helps to know what you've written from your writing itself, as just "having romance" in your story doesn't make it a … Continue reading Commercial Fiction vs. Literary Fiction—Which Do You Write and How to Tell the Difference?

What Reader Experience is Right for Your Novel?

Today, I want to talk about reader experience. Not something that gets discussed much among writers, as I generally see it crop up in literary criticism under "reader response," but thinking about how a reader is going to likely navigate your story makes a world of difference to you, as an author. I know, you … Continue reading What Reader Experience is Right for Your Novel?

Know your genre…or your classics? Or both?

One of the pieces of writing advice I have heard frequently is to “Know your genre.” “Read deeply in your genre,” people say. “Know what has been written, and how your work differs from others.” When I talk to science fiction and fantasy fans, they are often amazed by how many sci-fi/fantasy books I haven’t … Continue reading Know your genre…or your classics? Or both?