Writing Tips #2(Choosing the genre)

Hello, once again, beautiful souls! As discussed every week we are going to proceed with the tips on fictional writing and the sequence remains the same:
#1 – Word Count and Story Length
#2 – Choosing the genre/ Conceptualizing the story
#3 – Sequencing the Plot
#4 – Character Development
#5 – First Person/ Second Person/ Third Person Narrative
#6 – The Power of Foreshadowing

Now, you must have a pretty good idea on how long your story should be, Kudos! But what good a story is without a particular genre? Today we’ll discuss the basics of choosing a genre for your story and conceptualizing it.

Choosing the Genre

Once you sit down to start a story, you shouldn’t start with the first chapter itself. But if you do, then don’t worry. You can always use it somewhere or the other. Even I did that initially, but it makes the foundation of the story shaky.
So, now when you sit down to start a story you ask yourself—

  • What do I want my story to portray?

When you have the answer to this very question, you should think on—

  • Will my desire to portray this particular thing be satisfied by this particular genre?

These two questions are the most natural hurdles you will face when starting your own story but these are the most vital ones.

Stop complicating things and help us figure it out, Ashutosh!

Alright, the first question— What do I want my story to portray? — is the easiest, since you are the one who knows the answer. Didn’t get what I mean?
What I mean to say is, you are the creator of the story. Which makes you omnipotent to answer any question related to your creation. Including, what your story should portray.

To make it simpler, let’s assume J.K Rowling has sat down for the first time and is thinking about starting a story. She answers the first question quite easily.(Obviously, this is just an illustration.)

“Oh, What do I want my story to portray?
Hmm, Yes! I want my story to reflect friendship, some magical things, my deepest fears, and having a school where friends turn into a family will be amazing. The good conquering the evil and making my readers relate themselves to the characters are a must, too. Let’s go!”

The next thing she does is wonder what genre would help her do this exact thing.

“Ah, this will be amazing if I made it a Science Fiction story. A school controlled by robots, and a robot apocalypse which is defeated by humans by their intelligence and strategies. But wait, what about magic? Oh yes, this story could be based in future and thus science has made man able to do magic. But then what about readers relating themselves to my characters? Obviously the future won’t be completely same to our current world. Bah! This is so much to do. I’ll drop the idea.”

Well, that isn’t what she did though, since she came back to her desk and thought harder.

“Okay, if I want magic in my story then how about making it a fantasy? And if I want to make my readers relate to the characters, then why shouldn’t I make the story based on the current period. Well, to add to their amusement I’ll completely base the story on a world that runs parallel to us! Yes, I’ll make my own world and I’ll connect it to the world of humans. How amazing would that be? Let’s get started with the Fantasy that has no bounds to stop my imagination! Yay!”

And friends, that’s how Harry Potter was born.(Just an illustration.)

It applies the same to other genres, for example: If you want your story to revolve around a crime you could make it a Murder/Crime Thriller and add other attributes to it. Which means, whatever genre you choose doesn’t mean that your story has everything based only in that genre. This brings me to the next point—

Conceptualizing the story

After deciding the main genre of the story, you’ve to decide what suitable sub-genres can be added. Sub-genres are the Moon to your Earth(main genre). An example of a sub-genre is adding a little bit of Romance/Love Story in a book that comes under the genre: Horror.

The one thing you should take care about, however, is that these sub-genres don’t over shadow your main genre. When you pluck out these genres and sub-genres from your mind, a perfect idea of what your story is would start to develop. But that’s not where you actually start to write, since your story doesn’t have a plot. Well, not yet!
More about developing a plot and sequencing it would be explain in next week’s tip: Sequencing the Plot.

Stay tuned!


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Writing tips #1(Word Count and Story Length)

Hello/Namaste amazing people!
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers write wonderful stories. A story that has perfect descriptions, great characters, balanced action scenes and every little ingredient that contributes to increase the standards of a story. But there’s this one thing that they forget. Guessed it, yet?

Yes, it’s the most effective term of a fictional story. Its length and the word count.

Many a times what goes wrong is, one doesn’t know what length would be suitable for a particular story. The general word counts and types of stories are as follows:

1. Six-Word Story (One liners)

Clear enough, these stories have an exact length of six words. The only way to master these stories, is to pour every emotion and meaning in the 6 carefully chosen words. Since they’re so tiny they need to have a great impact, else it won’t mean a thing. Surprisingly, the first popular Six-word story was created when someone asked Ernest Hemingway to write a short story in six words. But his authorship over the piece is a little skeptical, nevertheless it is one fine piece that has gave rise to a whole new chapter in the book of literature.

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For sale: baby shoes, never worn

Though this contains only 6 words, the amount of grief in it can make one cry. So, keeping the meaning of the words in mind try to write sentences that won’t require a backstory and could be understood by anyone without a context.

2. 140 Character Story (Twitterature)

Everyone who uses twitter is well aware of this character limit and of the marvellous wonders that people do within it. A little more flexible than 6 words, this type of story has everything packed in punches. Thus a character or two can be included in it, but of course the same rule applies to Twitterature as One Liners, no background should be required for one to understand what’s happening in the write-up.

A Pound of Gaudy Flesh

Jake picked up the sharp knife, fingered the golf ball sized cyst under his arm, and wished (not for the first time) he had health insurance.

3. Dribble (50 words) — Drabble (100 words)

This is the most challenging word count for any writer. To limit himself and tell a story is a tough job. And this limit certainly does the best in provoking the writer’s skills of brevity and ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas. The greatest “must have” in this kind of a story is:

  • at least a character. (or a narrator)
  • a setting of the scene.
  • some conflict that would concern the readers.
  • a long lasting moral that would ring a bell.

My attempt at drabble (56 words):

The Antiques Collector

4. Flash/Sudden Fiction(around 750 words)

Here comes my personal favorite! If you happen to be a reader of my Fables then you might know why this is my best suited category. This is the longest adventure that one can have in one go, without getting bored. Even extending this category to 1000 words would be fine, but be sure to keep it interesting and innovative. The general direction to keep in mind while writing a Flash/Sudden Fiction is:

  • maintain the relation throughout.
  • give brief but deep insight to the characters.
  • choose characters depending upon the scene.

My favorite Flash Fiction (696 words)

The Beggared Billionaire

5. Series Fiction/ Novel Writing

The last but not the least, comes a series! A very usual question that arises when your write-up has crossed the limit of 1000 words but the story hasn’t completed yet, then “WHAT DO WE DO?”
The answer is quite simple, break the story into parts. Depending on how the story progresses you can decide the length of the whole series yourself, but not forget the length on an individual part. If the story demands more than 20 parts(each part of 1000 words) then it’s wiser to convert it into a novel. Things to be aware of while writing a part of a series fiction:

  • every part should progress steadily, unless you reach the climax.(where the story can progress quicker)
  • use cliffhangers wisely. Too many would frustrate a reader while no cliffhangers would make the reader lose his interest.
  • post on fixed schedule (I’m a culprit, here.)

A completed Crime Thriller series on The Honest Fabler (4 parts)

Guilty as Charged

After thinking about it for a long time, I’ve finally decided to post tips on writing fictional stories. And give elaborated insights on each of it. Every week, I’ll be posting the following tips.
#1 – Word Count and Story Length
#2 – Choosing the genre/ Conceptualizing the story
#3 – Sequencing the Plot
#4 – Character Development
#5 – First Person/ Second Person/ Third Person Narrative
#6 – The Power of Foreshadowing


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Designing a Logo.

Logo is something that every website/company needs. But not everyone is an amazing certified graphic designer as Crystal Dayton, who specializes in graphic designing. So to educate us about the basics about logo designing, Crystal shares with us her knowledge via The Honest Fabler.


Make sure you research your competitor’s logos to see what they are designing to get an idea.

  1. Color is very important when designing because it communicates a message to your audience. Colours can grab the attention of the viewer and bring your illustration to life!paper-colorful-color-loose-40799
  2. Repetition: Avoid using the same design aspect over and over. No one likes to see the same old clichés, which would indirectly turn down your customers/audience. Here is a link to logo design cliches.
  3. Simplicity: Keep your logo simple. The best icons are usually simple and timeless including nike and apple.real-estate
  4. Negativity: Think about negative space in a clever way. Even voids can turn into beautiful depictions.negative-design

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Want more knowledge about designing graphics? Then what are you waiting for? Head over to Crystal’s sites!

Website: http://www.crystaldayton.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaytonArts/

Blog: https://crystalarts.art.blog

PS:  A very good morning/evening, readers! I’m overwhelmed with the response I’ve received for collaborations! Starting from today, I’ll be doing collaborations & guest posts every Sunday! Depending on future projects the schedule may vary. A happy weekend to you!

Peace out.