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Genres are categories of fiction such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and historical. There are subgenres within genres, and to find your genre or subgenre is to find your niche.

Fiction Length Categories star
Articles in this subcategory examine how to write to certain fiction-length categories such as short story, novella, and novel.

Gay Romance Genre Fiction star
The gay romance genre is a subset of the romance fiction genre with its own unique conventions. It tends to be more sexually explicit than the male-female type of romance novel.

Open Range is a Classic Western Film star
Still wondering about the difference between the Classic Western fiction genre and the New Western fiction genre? Let me illustrate with movies. Classic Western Open Range is filled with optimism and heroism. New Western Unforgiven exudes cynicism and despair. This article contains plot spoilers.

The Near-Death Experience of the Classic Western star
There are three types of story in the western fiction genre. They are Classic, New, and Modern. Here is the near-death experience of the Classic Western at the hands of the Big Five Publishers of New York City, and its miraculous recovery.

Unforgiven as a New Western star
Looking at movies might help clarify the difference between a Classic Western and a New Western. Open Range, which expresses heroism and optimism, is a Classic Western. Unforgiven, which exudes cynicism and pessimism, is a New Western. This article discusses Unforgiven with plot spoilers.

What is a Classic Western star
There are three types of story in the western fiction genre what I call Classic, New, and Modern. "Classic" means a Wild West story with heroism.

What is a Modern Western star
To understand what a Modern Western is, you must first realize what it is not. It is not historical. Gone is the setting that forms such a powerful foundation for both the Classic Western and the New Western novels.

What is a New Western star
A New Western shares the same setting and themes as a Classic Western, but is likely to be more introspective, downbeat, anti-heroic, and morally ambiguous.

What is a Techno Thriller star
The techno thriller genre contains action-oriented books that explore in great detail the use of military technology to solve complex domestic and foreign threats within in a suspenseful plot. If you want to write in this genre, remember that realism and technical accuracy are a must.

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