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Writing Genre Fiction

Specialized advice for the writer of romance, science fiction, historical fiction, or mystery.
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How to Choose a Genre for Your Novels
Advice for writers on when and how to choose a genre to write in.

Interviews with Genre Writers
Find out what these writers have learned about writing in genres such as science fiction/fantasy, mystery, and chick lit.

An Interview with Mystery Writer Sandra Balzo
It took six years for Sandra Balzo to publish her first book, but since then she's become a successful, award-winning author. What was the secret of her success?

Profile of Raymond Chandler
Though America's finest hard-boiled detective novelist is known for exposing L.A.'s seedy underbelly and for his streetwise (but poetic) writing style, but he was actually a highly educated, even genteel man, who studied in England and France. Learn more about the life of this complicated and influential writer here.

Dominic Smith on Writing Historical Fiction
Dominic Smith talks about the process of writing his historical novel, The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre.

Ten Rules for Mystery Writers
The mystery, more than other genres, tends to follow standard rules, largely because readers of mysteries seek a particular experience. These rules help you satisfy these demands.

Kris Saknussemm on Science Fiction
Kris Saknussemm, author of Zanesville: A Novel, discusses, among other things, the innovative work being done in the field of science fiction/fantasy, graphic novels, and comics.

An Interview with Lemony Snicket
Some insights on writing for children from Daniel Handler, the man behind the popular Lemony Snicket books, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Stephanie Lessing on Chick Lit
Stephanie Lessing, author of She's Got Issues, discusses how she came to write a chick lit novel.

History Lessons from About.com
Historical novelists may begin their research at About.com, which includes information on African, European, American, Women's, and Military History.

Profile of Mystery Writers of America
The top organization for mystery and crime writers, Mystery Writers of America has been serving the interests of those associated with the genre since 1945.

Profile of the Edgar Awards
Named for Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar Awards are the Oscars for mystery writers. Each year, the award honors the best fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in the previous year.

Pictures from the 2008 Edgar Awards
See pictures from the 2008 Edgar Awards -- the Oscars of the mystery and crime genre. Among the twelve awards given each year are best novel, best critical/biography, and best original paperback.

The Truth in Fiction
How do you make fiction read like non-fiction in genre fiction? How can you make your fiction believable? Advice for creative writers.

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