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WG.101: The burden to Moralize!

All right, people, it’s welcome back to Writers’ Guide 101. It’s been a long, long while. But we are back and we are back differently. Whilst in the past, our lessons here were kind of serious all-attention-to-duty online classes, this time, we are going to “interact”.

I refrain from usually “talk” because a certain amount of seriousness must be upheld.

So… WG.101: The burden to Moralize.

This is kind of revisiting our very last lesson where we talked about: Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction. But in this case I am plain talking: FICTION in its entirety.

I want to open the interaction by asking: Why do you read fiction?

That is a serious question, please. And everyone one participating in this class… I think we can call it class *wink* So, everyone participating should answer this: Why do you read fiction?

Now, Fiction is simply everything written that is not Non-Fiction. We all know that, I know.

You know why I read fiction? And yes, I read fiction… A LOT. I love it. Been reading fiction, I mean my kind of romantic fiction, since I was nine. And the only reason I read fiction is to be: Entertained.

W.G. 101 – Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction

Hey, don’t avoid! Read and Learn! *wink*

I have discovered that a lot of readers, and some writers, do not comprehend the two very distinct style of fiction writing and so compare them regularly and erroneously. As a Genre Fiction Writer, I have suffered the annoying experience where a reader, or even a possibly “snobbish” writer compares my writing style to another writer’s simple because we both write fiction and most often, confidently tells me that such a writer writes better fiction than I do.

Now, let us establish something before we misconstrue TM’s words: There are many, many writers who write better “Genre Fiction” than TM. I know that.

The problem I have with the earlier people I was talking about is that they make their comparisons wrongly and completely out of context.

It is in the realisation of this, and having been many times irritated and have had my fill of such erroneous comparisons, that I decided it is time I do a study of the differences in the two major styles of Fiction Writing and to bring my comprehension of that study here.

And so today we are going to look at: LITERARY FICTION vs. GENRE FICTION.

WG.101 – The Romantic Suspense Subgenre

It is back to class. The inconsistency of our Fiction Writing lessons is becoming worrisome—at least for me. I do have to recommit to doing this, and doing it well and on schedule.

So today, we will be taking a “short” look at the ROMANTIC SUSPENSE subgenre. There are some who consider this Romance subgenre to be an independent genre on its own. By its popularity and marketplace success, I personally believe it has earned the right to own its own place.

The Romantic Suspense subgenre (or genre) entails a fictional story with equal measure of intrigue (danger, if you like) and romance. A storyline wherein one of the protagonists would be in danger, or someone quite close to the particular protagonist would be in danger—a danger that maybe life-threatening or something equally as worrisome—while the other protagonist would be part of the solve-the-problem, knight-in-shining-armour team.

WG. 101 – The Romance Genre

Last month we did not have our usual Writers’ Guide 101 class, and given my extra busy schedule, I was almost tempted to overlook the class of this April. But I told myself a definite no. For one thing we are behind on a lot of things I wanted us to discuss and learn here. By now, we should have been moving over to POVs (Point of Views) in writing. But we are behind.

Not to waste our time today, and bore us any more than usual *wink*, today’s lesson is on THE ROMANCE GENRE and its SUB-GENRES.

WG. 101 – Setting Up Your Writing Page

We’re all welcome again to another Writers’ Guide 101 class. Our last class was on Types of Fiction. Now, I was actually looking to progress from that into ‘real’ writing class lessons. But it struck me that to begin to write, you must set up your writing page. It doesn’t matter if you’re self-publishing or on the hunt for traditional publishers… you need to get your MS Word page right if you don’t want your manuscript looking like the writing sheet of a toddler.


I consider that one of the most important things to first master as a writer is the art of setting up your writing page on Microsoft Word.

Writers’ Guide 101 – TYPES OF FICTION

It’s back to Writers’ Guide 101. Like I explained in my blog announcement a couple of weeks back, Writers’ Guide 101 is a blog ‘non-fiction’ series focused on the development of our writing skills and the understanding of the technicalities of fiction writing.

Let me clarify that these e-lessons are not limited to writers or aspiring writers, they are for everyone who is also a reader of Fiction stories. These e-lessons, if nothing else, would make you better fiction readers; aesthetic readers with a knowledge-based understanding of the genres and aspects of literature you are reading.

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