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A Brief List of Genres:

  • Journal Entries
  • Personal Letter
  • Greeting Card
  • Schedule/Things to Do List
  • Inner Monologue Representing Internal Conflicts
  • Classified or Personal Ads
  • Personal Essay or Philosophical Questions
  • Top Ten List/Glossary or Dictionary
  • Poetry
  • Song Lyrics
  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Contest Entry Application
  • Business Letter or Correspondence/Persuasive or Advocacy Letter
  • Biographical Summary
  • Critique of a Published Source
  • Speech or Debate
  • Historical Times Context Essay
  • Textbook Article
  • Science Article or Report/Business Article or Report
  • Lesson Plan
  • Encyclopedia Article
  • Short Scene from a Play with Notes for Stage Directions
  • Short Scene from a Movie with Notes for Camera Shots
  • Dialogue of a Conversation among Two or More People
  • Short Story
  • Adventure Magazine Story
  • Ghost Story
  • Myth, Tall Tale, or Fairy Tale
  • Talk Show Interview or Panel
  • Recipe and Description of Traditional Holiday Events
  • Classroom Discussion
  • Character Analysis or Case Study
  • Comedy Routine or Parody
  • Liner Notes
  • Picture book
  • Chart or Diagram with Explanation and Analysis
  • Brochure or Newsletter
  • Time Line or Chain of Events
  • Map with Explanation and Analysis
  • Magazine or TV Advertisement or Infomercial
  • Restaurant Description and Menu
  • Travel Brochure Description
  • How-To or Directions Booklet
  • Receipts, Applications, Deeds, Budgets or Other Documents
  • Wedding, Graduation or Special Event Invitation
  • Birth Certificate
  • Local News Report
  • Pop-Up book
  • Review and Poster for a Movie, Book, or TV Program
  • Board Game or Trivial Pursuit with Answers and Rules
  • Comic Strip or Graphic Novel excerpt
  • Power Point Presentation
  • Informational Video
  • Web Site
  • Future News Story
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Newspaper or Magazine Feature/Human Interest Story
  • Obituary, Eulogy or Tribute
  • News Program Story or Announcement
  • Tabloid Article

Examples of Genre

A genre is a category of art, music, or literature. Following are some popular examples of genres, along with some related sub-genres.

Action and Adventure

Action and adventure are sometimes considered two distinct genres, however, the two go hand-in-hand: they involve stories with exciting sequences and obstacles that must be overcome before reaching a goal.

There are many different categories of action-adventure stories.

  • Epics. An epic is a tale, often told in verse, of a heroic figure on a quest.
  • Military stories. Military fiction usually involves stories of battle and espionage from the warfront.
  • Spy fiction. These stories, in the James Bond vein, recount the pulse-pounding expeditions of spies in various agencies throughout the world.
  • Westerns. Stories that take place in the Wild West, typically including gun duels, train robberies, heists, and showdowns, are known collectively as Westerns.


Comedies are humorous, funny stories intended to make the reader or viewer laugh.

  • Black comedy. Although these stories are intended to be funny, they also touch darker areas of storytelling, such as death and fear.
  • Parodies. A parody intends to mimic another genre to humorous effect. Parodies can be intended to mock and criticize as well as to pay homage.
  • Rom-com. Romantic comedies, or rom-coms, mix love stories together with comedic events.
  • Slapstick comedy. This type of comedy features physical humor such as pratfalls, silly and exaggerated body language, and unlikely scenarios.


Stories about magic spells, mythical creatures, and fabled kingdoms are known as fantasies. These stories sometimes include witchcraft and wizardry, dragons and unicorns, and an emphasis on legend.

  • Fables. This type of fantasy story demonstrates a general truth or a parable.
  • Fairy tales. Often age-old stories that include magic and folklore in addition to traditional fantasy characters like elves and goblins.
  • Legends. While legends may include bits of historical fact, they are usually made to seem larger than life, as in the Legend of King Arthur.
  • Scientific fantasy. A fantasy story that may include elements of scientific fact is known as science-fantasy.


Horror stories are intended, as the name suggests, to horrify and scare an audience. The genre of horror has been shocking audiences for many centuries and includes many sub-genres.

  • Ghost stories. These are stories where the dead return to life and haunt the living, such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Sometimes the ghosts are trying to teach the living a lesson.
  • Monster stories. Monster stories use creatures that frighten or threaten human beings as the antagonists.
  • Slasher fiction. Popular in cinema, slasher stories tell of deranged killers who are out to punish regular people.
  • Survival stories. These stories paint a future where humankind is up against a threat like zombies or vampires and must survive against the odds.

Science Fiction

Any story that uses scientific concepts to explain the world or the universe is known as science fiction, sci-fi, or syfy. This genre is very similar in construction to fantasy, except that science is a central theme.

  • Apocalyptic sci-fi. Any science fiction that has to do with the end of the world or the destruction of mankind is known as "apocalyptic" sci-fi.
  • Hard sci-fi. When the science of a particular story is well-researched and stands up to scrutiny, it is considered "hard" sci-fi.
  • Soft sci-fi. Soft sci-fi typically deals less with the complications of applied science and more with the effects of science.
  • Space opera. This type of science fiction deals with the long-term effects of a life lived in space, such as Star Trek or Star Wars.

There are many examples of genres and sub-genres. The movies, books, literature and entertainment you enjoy fall into one of these genres.

When you are new to creative writing but want to learn as much as possible about it you will see that most websites offer information for writers with some background, or at least a very good general idea about what writing is and how they should go about it. But since many of our readers are newbies in the world of writing, and because our aim is to support and encourage everyone whose passion is to express themselves through written word, we decided to start a new section on the Colors of My Soul — the Write-O-Pedia, or Creative Writing 101.

Please, share your views, ideas, and comments with us. Also, feel free to submit a topic which you want to be covered in this section.

Creative writing involves work of imagination, thoughts, emotions and feelings. You can input your creative ideas in wide arrays of writing types. There are different types of genres and subgenres in creative writing. In broad terms, creative writing is divided into two types, viz: fiction and nonfiction. Fiction work is imaginative and non-real while nonfiction work is true and real. There are hundreds of genres and subgenres of both fiction and nonfiction. Let us look at some of these.

Genres and Subgenres of Fiction

  1. Adventure: The main character of the story travel to distant places and the story reveals the difficulties faced by protagonist in his journey.
  2. Superhero fiction: Characterizes superhero fighting against criminals
  3. Comedy: A story intended to make readers laugh. Many funny events are incorporated in the story. The subgenres of comedy creative writing includes:
  4. Action Comedy: A combination of action and humor
  5. Black comedy: Tragic events or situations represented in comical way.
  6. Horror Comedy: Combination of horror and humor
  7. Slapstick: Physical actions incorporated into the story. These actions humorous and non- violent
  8. Romantic Comedy: Simple and light hearted comedy love story which characterizes two protagonists who are in love
  9. Parody: Humorous imitation of writer, character, situation, or artist
  10. Dramedy: Serious drama in combination with comedy
  11. Anarchic comedy: Revealing misbehavior or wild human with help of comedy
  12. Science fiction comedy: Humorous story involving scientific elements.
  13. Fantasy: Story involving magical powers and supernatural forces.
  14. Fairy Tales: Stories most like by kids. It consists of magical characters
  15. Contemporary fantasy: Real world fantasies revolving in modern world.
  16. Dark Fantasy: Fantasy stories with imaginary horror elements
  17. Young Adult fantasy: Protagonists is young who deals with adventure in his upcoming life.
  18. Mythological fantasy: Mythological elements weaved into fantasy story.
  19. Arthurian Fantasy: Fantasy based on King Arthur
  20. Comic Fantasy: Fantasy tales which contains humorous elements
  21. Epic fantasy: Tales of “Good” vs. “Evil” where protagonists save others from villain
  22. High Fantasy: Fantasy which can never be true. It can be of two types:Enormous fantasy world which has no relation to real world
    Struggle between Good and Evil for earth
  23. Magic fantasy: Story revolves around consequences of magic done
  24. Science fantasy: Combination of science and fiction elements
  25. Sword and Sorcery: Protagonists battle with use of sword.
  26. Fables: Involves animals and creature speaking as humans to tell truth
  27. Historical: Stories and events that took place in past. This may involve real characters along author developed characters.
  28. Traditional History: Historical event told straightforward by author.
  29. Multi-period Epics: Focusing on one place and showing how it is changingover years.
  30. Sagas: Series of incidents or story carried over families and generations.
  31. Western History: Traditional stories that takes place in West
  32. Historical Mysteries: Combination of history and mystery fiction.
  33. Romantic History: Love stories that took place in history
  34. Adventure history: Travel and adventure of Historical protagonists
  35. Thriller: Ways in which Historical protagonists save himself from danger
  36. Literary: Contemporary events depicted in strong thoughts to make reader change their outlook about life
  37. Christian History: Specially focusing Christians theme
  38. Time-Slip: Unhappiness and difficulties faced by protagonists during travel across time
  39. Alternate History: Imaginary history developed by author
  40. Historical Fantasy: Combination of history and fantasy genres
  41. Counterfactual history: Exploring the outcome of the events which did not happen in between the actual historical events. It basically tells the reformation of history due to these imaginative events.
  42. Horror: Story that contains suspense, shock, and violence to frighten and scare readers.
  43. Ghost Story: Story of spirits of the dead in living human
  44. Monster Story: Story involves scary creatures or mutants that harm people.
  45. Giant Monster: Story consisting of giant monsters which destroy buildings
  46. Slasher: Antagonist is a serial killer or has personality disorder who harms protagonist and kills other characters in the story
  47. Survival horror: How a protagonists save from scary and horrified situations and creatures
  48. Mystery: Protagonist id trapped in mystery situations where he cannot find a solution initially and gradually control the situation.
  49. Caper : Antagonist plan crime and the real criminal is not guessed by the reader till the end
  50. Cozy: Set in small villages where a woman is a criminal and protagonists gather evidences to prove female antagonists against the law
  51. Doctor Detective: Doctors are involved in solving murders
  52. Furry Sleuth: An animal such as cat or a dog is principal investigator of the crime
  53. Handicapped mystery: Story involves a physically challenged person who overcomes the challenges to solve the crime
  54. Legal: Protagonist is a lawyer and solves the mystery case
  55. Private Detective: Number of private investigators is protagonists who are involved in solving the mystery
  56. Romantic mystery: Romance along with murders and investigations
  57. Supernatural mystery: Crime or murder conducted by supernatural power
  58. Whodunit: Investigator present at the place of the murder
  59. Science Fiction: Imaginative science elements and technologies.
  60. Hard Science: More emphasis on scientific ideas than characters
  61. Light Science Fiction: More focus on characters and their emotions and less emphasis on technology and law
  62. Social Science Fiction: More emphasis on human interaction in society and less emphasis on technology and space
  63. Apocalyptic fiction: Imagination of World at the end or after the world ends.
  64. Cyberpunk: Imagination of future High technology computers, sci-fi, hackers, and computer hybrids
  65. First contact: Interaction of humans with aliens
  66. Space opera: Protagonist fighting with aliens, robots, or other space creatures

Genres and Subgenres of Nonfiction

  1. Autobiography: Life of a person written by himself
  2. Biography: Life of a person written by someone else
  3. Dairies: A journey of someone throughout his life
  4. Essays: Formal writing on different subjects
  5. Cookbooks: Writing about preparation of meals, snacks, and other food items.
  6. How-to books: Focus on “how to do a particular task”
  7. Memoir: Story of a person’s life and his memories
  8. Outdoor literature: Story of outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, and adventurous sports
  9. Spiritual: Focus on religion and customs
  10. Travel Literature: Writing about travel experiences

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Self-Publishing Basics: An Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book


A Gutenberg Bible

Although type design is often likened to architecture, you could also argue that the construction of a book is in some way architectural. The first order of business in creating a blueprint for book construction is to identify theparts of a book and the order in which convention—the inherited wisdom of the logic of the book from all the book creators that have preceded us—dictates they should appear.

To guide you in creating your book, follow this list. Certainly no book will contain all these elements, but now you know exactly where they fit in the scheme of things.

Many publishers have been guided by the history and traditions of print publishing even as they have moved toward electronic publishing … including the logical order of elements in a printed work. —Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition

Major Divisions of the Book

Books are generally divided into three parts: The frontmatter, the body of the book, and the backmatter. Each contains specific elements, and those elements should appear in a specific order. Certainly authors who know and understand these divisions may well have aesthetic or organizational motives to stray from these conventions, but usually they have a good reason to do so. Deviation for no reason does not help your book.

Keep in mind that there is no book that has all of these parts. Use this list instead to make sure you have the right content in the right category, and that elements of your book appear in the sequence in which they are expected.


The pages at the beginning of a book before the body of the book. These pages are traditionally numbered with lowercase roman numerals

Half title—Also called the Bastard title, this page contains only the title of the book and is typically the first page you see when opening the cover. This page and its verso (the back, or left-hand reverse of the page) are often eliminated in an attempt to control the length of the finished book.

Frontispiece—An illustration on the verso facing the title page.

Title page—Announces the title, subtitle, author and publisher of the book. Other information that may be found on the title page can include the publisher’s location, the year of publication, or descriptive text about the book, and illustrations are also common on title pages.

Copyright page—Usually the verso of the title page, this page carries the copyright notice, edition information, publication information, printing history, cataloging data, legal notices, and the books ISBN or identification number. In addition, rows of numbers are sometimes printed at the bottom of the page to indicate the year and number of the printing. Credits for design, production, editing and illustration are also commonly listed on the copyright page.

Dedication—Not every book carries a dedication but, for those that do, it follows the copyright page.

Epigraph—An author may wish to include an epigraph—a quotation—near the front of the book. The epigraph may also appear facing the Table of Contents, or facing the first page of text. Epigraphs can also be used at the heads of each chapter.

Table of Contents—Also known as the Contents page, this page lists all the major divisions of the book including parts, if used, and chapters. Depending on the length of the book, a greater level of detail may be provided to help the reader navigate the book. History records that the Table of Contents was invented by Quintus Valerius Soranus before 82 bce.

List of Figures—In books with numerous figures (or illustrations) it can be helpful to include a list of all figures, their titles and the page numbers on which they occur.

List of Tables—Similar to the List of Figures above, a list of tables occurring in the book may be helpful for readers.

Foreword—Usually a short piece written by someone other than the author, the Foreword may provide a context for the main work. Remember that the Foreword is always signed, usually with the author’s name, place and date.

Preface—Written by the author, the Preface often tells how the book came into being, and is often signed with the name, place and date, although this is not always the case.

Acknowledgments—The author expresses their gratitude for help in the creation of the book.

Introduction—The author explains the purposes and the goals of the work, and may also place the work in a context, as well as spell out the organization and scope of the book.

Prologue—In a work of fiction, the Prologue sets the scene for the story and is told in the voice of a character from the book, not the author’s voice.

Second Half Title—If the frontmatter is particularly extensive, a second half title identical to the first, can be added before the beginning of the text. The page following is usually blank but may contain an illustration or an epigraph. When the book design calls for double-page chapter opening spreads, the second half title can be used to force the chapter opening to a left-hand page.


This is the main portion or body of the book.

Part Opening page—Both fiction and nonfiction books are often divided into parts when there is a large conceptual, historical or structural logic that suggests these divisions, and the belief that reader will benefit from a meta-organization.

Chapter Opening page—Most fiction and almost all nonfiction books are divided into chapters for the sake of organizing the material to be covered. Chapter Opening pages and Part Opening pages may be a single right-hand page, or in some cases a spread consisting of a left- and right-hand page, (or a verso and a recto). Statistically, if a spread opening is used, half the chapters (or parts) will generate a blank right hand page, and the author or publisher will have to work with the book designer to decide how to resolve these right-hand page blanks.

Epilogue—An ending piece, either in the voice of the author or as a continuation of the main narrative, meant to bring closure of some kind to the work.

Afterword—May be written by the author or another, and might deal with the origin of the book or seek to situate the work in some wider context.

Conclusion—A brief summary of the salient arguments of the main work that attempts to give a sense of completeness to the work.


At the end of the book various citations, notes and ancillary material are gathered together into the backmatter.

Postscript—From the latin post scriptum, “after the writing” meaning anything added as an addition or afterthought to the main body of the work.

Appendix or Addendum—A supplement of some kind to the main work. An Appendix might include source documents cited in the text, material that arose too late to be included in the main body of the work, or any of a number of other insertions.

Chronology—In some works, particularly histories, a chronological list of events may be helpful for the reader. It may appear as an appendix, but can also appear in the frontmatter if the author considers it critical to the reader’s understanding of the work.

Notes—Endnotes come after any appendices, and before the bibliography or list of references. The notes are typically divided by chapter to make them easier to locate.

Glossary—An alphabetical list of terms and their definitions, usually restricted to some specific area.

Bibliography—A systematic list of books or other works such as articles in periodicals, usually used as a list of works that have been cited in the main body of the work, although not necessarily limited to those works.

List of Contributors—A work by many authors may demand a list of contributors, which should appear immediately before the index, although it is sometimes moved to the front matter. Contributor’s names should be listed alphabetically by last name, but appear in the form “First Name Last Name.” Information about each contributor may include brief biographical notes, academic affiliations, or previous publications.

Index—An alphabetical listing of people, places, events, concepts, and works cited along with page numbers indicating where they can be found within the main body of the work.

Errata—A notice from the publisher of an error in the book, usually caused in the production process.

Colophon—A brief notice at the end of a book usually describing the text typography, identifying the typeface by name along with a brief history. It may also credit the book’s designer and other persons or companies involved in its physical production.

Next: Paginating Your Book

Look for the next post in this series, The Book Construction Blueprint, which will describe how to paginate your book. Further articles will complete theBlueprint, so stay tuned.

Chicago Manual of Style, Gutenberg, parts of a book

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How to Create a Book with Book Creator

Two Parts:Installing the AppCreating a First Book

Book Creator is an app on the iPad (and iPhone) that allows you to create your own books, and it has a variety of interesting features.

1Download the app from the iTunes Store. If you're on your iPad or iPhone, download the app from its iTunes Store, or from the App Store.Ad

  • 2Open Book Creator once it has installed. Go through the short tutorial it offers. This will give you a feel of what creating a book will be like.Ad
  • 1Click on "New Book." This will start the book creation process.
  • 2Choose the type of book you want to create. There are three options under "Choose a Template": Portrait, Square and Landscape.
  • 3Create your book cover. Add a title and image as wished (see the next section for adding elements).
  • 4Add elements to your book use the + at top right. The elements are as follows:
    • Text - Add text to your book by pressing the key symbol in the top menu bar (or 'T' in the + menu) . The "i" allows you to make changes to font size, point size, alignment, hyperlinks, color, opacity and arrangement. The tab marked "Arrange" lets you move the text box around the page, back or front. Click "Done" when you're done.
    • Pictures - Choose an image from your Camera Roll to make the book prettier. Click on the image icon in the top menu bar (or photos under the + menu) to start adding an image and use the "i" button to change image opacity. Simply pinch in or out to enlarge or decrease the image's size (the success of this will depend on the image quality). Images can also be arranged vertically or horizontally using the Arrange tab.
    • Camera - Take a picture or film a video to add to your book.
    • Sound - Record sound or import a music file from iTunes.
    • Drawing - Draw a picture using a pen. Use the "i" button to edit the drawing.
  • 5Add another page to your book by clicking "Next." If you're not creating the first page after the cover, click the arrow to the right.
  • 6Edit your book by clicking on the text. Add more elements and delete certain elements if needed, and proofread for any mistakes.
    • When you're satisfied with the book, click on "Save".
    • Click on "My Story" for changes to the name of the story, changes to the author, addition of music or changes in the image resolution. If you add music, it plays whenever you open the book.
  • 7Export or send your new book. Go back to where your collections are shown on the home screen. To export or send, simply click on the icon consisting of an arrow shooting out of a box, in the bottom line of options on the screen. A menu will pop up with sending buttons for email, iTunes, collections, PDF and printing.
    • If sent to iBooks, you will see your new masterpiece sitting in the iBooks shelf alongside your other books.
    • If you email the book, it will appear as an icon in the recipient's mailbox and needs to be downloaded to be read.
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    • Click on "Support" to get more help. It will direct you to a page on the Internet that helps you.
    • Same orientation (e.g. portrait) books can be combined and edited (use the + button in the "My Books" screen). Mixed orientation (e.g. landscape and portrait) cannot be combined.
    • The book icon allows you to view the book in iBooks, Evernote or your dropbox.
    • Open the book in another app you have that's related to books. Just click the button to the very right and it will show you a list of apps you can open the book in