Every now and then I like to check in to see what genre people are working on. The last time I asked was wayyyy back in 2009.
Now that it’s NaNoWriMo I’m guessing that there are many a new work in progress, so let’s see:
What’s Your Genre?
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This is my first NaNoWriMo and I'm very excited and nervous and waaaaay behind on my wordcount. But I'm loving what I've written on my historical fiction so far, so it's definitely something I'll stick with regardless of whether or not I "win" NaNoWriMo
Daniel McNeet says
Another interesting inquiry. My new book a political thriller, "Operation Downfall", has been released. The one I am working on now is called "The Traitors", another political thriller. There is such a cornucopia of corruption in politics the plots available are endless.
Good post, Nathan.
Ishta Mercurio says
I had a dystopian partly outlined, but I've backburnered it in favor of a YA historical about WWII. It's my NaNo project – I want to get a very rough full-of-holes draft out, then do the necessary research to fill in the blanks.
Crazy, but I'm loving this story.
Meghan Ward says
Wow! That's a much longer list than the last time I took this survey!
Marie Gilbert says
My trilogy is spaced between sci-fi and paranormal romance, and because of the human trafficking subject matter, not for children or teens.
Skip Milo says
Help! There isn't a category for my WIP. It's a comedy with alien undertones. Having said that, I'm also half way through a specialist cook book, so I've voted 'Non fiction – Other'!
Amy Joy says
Thanks for the stats. Very interesting. Like others have said, I too expected to see a big winner rather than the mix. I have several works in progress, from picture books to young adult novels, but my focus for my middle grade and young adult writing is paranormal fantasy.
Anne R. Allen says
I was just thinking what Meghan Ward said–the list gets longer. Probably because YA is broken down into more categories now.
Mystery/crime/thriller is a very big umbrella, which may explain the bigger numbers.
Nice to see so much diversity in your readership.
Nathan, an interesting follow-up post could be to have the results of your poll compared to book sale stats for genres.
I noticed fantasy and YA fantasy combine to make up 20% of the projects being written… but are fantasy books 20% of total book sales?
I have a problem. I have no idea what genre my book is…
Arief Zainal says
I'm writing a Fantasy for my WIP but for my NaNo Novel, I'm writing an Urban Fantasy.
Robin Storey says
I am writing a humorous crime novel, which I notice didn't get a mention. Maybe I have invented a new genre! Seriously, it's a market that's not overcrowded, which is good from the point of view of trying to get published.
What about straight up comedy? I have a work in progress that is a Mystery satire, and another co-writing with a friend that is just a raunchy, random, ridiculous comedy novella. Super fun to write.
I have two works in progress. a novel and a play. The novel is for young adults. I am not really sure what the correct category would be? It's a good mix of fantasy, mystery, and adventure. My stage play is a play within a play. Or should I say a dream, within a dream, within a play. Overall it is a thoughtful comedy about a dramatic romance with a node to Shakespeare.