Savouring the power of the written word - and writing a few of my own

The Genres

Select a genre for the tale and the broad sub-genre that you want to appear in. Choose ‘horror’ for example and then pick the style of horror tale you want to see yourself take part in. There are no limits in the fictional world…









 



Science Fiction

Space travel, computers, a dystopian future, a flooded world, the return of the Triffids, everything available as a pill, unexpected wormholes, forcibly limited lifespans, time travel

Horror

The usual cast – vampires, Frankenstein and Igor, werewolves, zombies, Freddy and Jason, suddenly rabid pets, the very human serial killer, the very inhuman serial killer, suddenly intelligent babies

Urban Fantasy

A shy guy/girl and his/her coming of age, an influx of traveller types, a mystical once-a-year fairground, the old recluse and rumours of his/her skills, buildings (dis)appearing overnight

Romance

Classic boy meets girl, families clashing, the gallant knight, the (truly) hopeless romantic, differing musical styles and tastes combining (new romantics and punks), hero worship on TV or film or radio, dreams come true

Erotica

Twenty-five Shades of Grey, first timers, exhibitionism – direct or accidental, submission and dominance, spanking, stripping, role play, masks and ties, blindfolds, orgies, unplanned entry into the sensual world

Faux-factual and Biography

The career commentary, romance and marriage commentary, the hero or heroine’s story, a century of memories, ‘on this day’ historical facts, full-on non-fiction biography or similar as a ghosted auto-biography

Thriller/Detective

Closed door mystery, the annoyingly lucky private eye, the bank job, hijack, ransom, computer fraud, remote castles, a day in the life of a washed up detective, a cat burglar

Murder Mystery

A different closed door mystery, where there’s a will, everyday person solving the crime, an apparent accident, a thousand suspects, a very public execution – with no apparent culprit

Humour

Bumbling characters in one of many roles (student to retiree), ‘how to’ guides, comedian, ludicrous coincidences, hopeless wannabe, embarrassing circumstances

Fantasy

A world of fantasy and adventure, elves, goblins, sword and sorcery, a doorway from our world, dragons, knights and jousting, talking pets, a space haven


Children


Magic, dragons. swords and sorcery, friends and teams, sports, junior detectives, growing up and aims in life, mystery men and women, goosebumps