Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about genres. Are you familiar with all of the genres of fiction? Have you tried anything new lately?
I had no idea that French underwater Nazi zombies was a specialized subgenre of zombie horror writing, but it seems there is a collection of such movies and fiction. (Don’t believe me, check this out.)
Duotrope’s Digest lists these subgenres for the genre of fantasy alone:
- Dark Fantasy
- Fairy Tale
- Heroic Fantasy
- Light Fantasy
- Magic Realism
- Science Fantasy
- Shared World
- Sword & Sorcery
- Urban Fantasy
- Weird Tale
- Weird Western
In addition to these subgenres there are following styles to choose from:
That means there are 288 subtle variations of fantasy to be explored. Naturally, some of these have much larger demand than others. I chose to explore the fantasy genre because that is my focus right now. If you would like to explore the subgenres of other areas of fiction, head over to Duotrope’s Digest and look through the drop down menus for ideas of what’s out there. You can get a good feel for the market saturation by running a search and seeing what titles come up.
On a separate note, I’m officially registered as a NaNoWriMo participant for this year. You can be my buddy, I’m registered under Tsuchigari. Come find me!