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Topic: Genres?
Posted By: Nicole622
Subject: Genres?
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 9:48am
The open genre was a nice change this round, and I’m wondering what people went with and why? I chose fantasy because that’s what I usually write and I’ve been itching for a chance to do it in this competition. But I haven’t seen any other fantasy titles/synopsis postings yet. So what did y’all end up doing?

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Posted By: roccapia
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 9:53am
il think I'd have to categorize mine as just general or literary, although there are some supernatural elements to it.

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Posted By: Nicole622
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 9:57am
Originally posted by roccapia roccapia wrote:

il think I'd have to categorize mine as just general or literary, although there are some supernatural elements to it.

Isn’t it interesting that, when there is no genre requirement, you just don’t think about genre? Writing with a specific genre requirement in mind was a totally new experience for me in this comp. I mean I did write fantasy this round but that’s more of a default for me than a conscious choice haha 


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Posted By: Taj
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 10:01am
I had decided before the prompt that I would write sci-fi, drama or romance. That’s where I’ve spent my life reading, so it’s also a comfort zone for writing. When I got the prompts I ended up writing kind of a post apocalyptic love story.

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Posted By: SEHBicycle
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 10:36am
Originally posted by Taj Taj wrote:

I had decided before the prompt that I would write sci-fi, drama or romance. That’s where I’ve spent my life reading, so it’s also a comfort zone for writing. When I got the prompts I ended up writing kind of a post apocalyptic love story.
Sounds fantastic!


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Posted By: Angara
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 11:08am
I like to think of my story as a sci-fi fairy tale. I think the fact that I got sci-fi for my genre during the first round really set the tone for the rest of the competition for me, and no matter which genre I got, I kept adding sci-fi elements here and there. 

It's funny; I came into the competition thinking that I was NOT capable of writing sci-fi. It just wasn't my comfort zone, and I swore up and down that this round I would do historical fiction or something with a dash of magical realism...but here I am, with a sci-fi fairy tale.


Posted By: Briana Una
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 11:15am
Originally posted by Nicole622 Nicole622 wrote:

The open genre was a nice change this round, and I’m wondering what people went with and why? I chose fantasy because that’s what I usually write and I’ve been itching for a chance to do it in this competition. But I haven’t seen any other fantasy titles/synopsis postings yet. So what did y’all end up doing?

I wrote a gothic, even though it’s not one of our genre options, because it’s the genre I’m studying for my MFA. I spent this past semester reading and analyzing like 15 of them, and the prompts certainly lent themselves to one, so I thought it would be a nice capstone!


Posted By: OKCryptid
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 2:56pm
I went in wanting to write horror, but it turned out to be a... drama? I think? Weirdest thing. Had this cool spooky idea, and then more personal stuff went into the story than I was ready for and it just completely derailed and changed shape. I'm exhausted. Looking forward to reading others' work, but not my own feedback. Ouch


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Posted By: Heartstart
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 7:13am
Mine's probably 'general' with some traces of 'horror' thrown in the mix. 

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Posted By: thaliahalloran
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 9:05am
I did a fairy tale since I was never assigned one and was itching to try. My first two were horror and ghost story, which I was fairly new to, so this was a bit more my speed and I thought it lent itself to an interesting/unusual interpretation of the prompts.

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Posted By: Scjensen
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 11:24am
I went with a ghost story. I’ve been studying them recently and felt the prompt lent itself to the genre perfectly. I hope I did it in a subtle way, though 😂 We’ll see!


Posted By: Jhill
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 2:21pm
I went with historical fiction since I'm fairly comfortable with that. 

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