Genres of fiction

  • fictionAction-adventure
  • Biographical novel
  • Gothic
  • Historical fiction
  • Horror
  • Mystery – Classic (whodunit), Amateur detective, Cozy, Private detective, Police procedurals, Historical, Suspense/thriller, Espionage, Medical thriller, Courtroom drama, Woman in jeopardy
  • Popular fiction
  • Psychological
  • Roman a clef
  • Romance – Historical (Gothic, Historical fantasy, Early America, Native American, Regency), Category or series, Single-title contemporary, Erotica, Glitz, , Romantic comedy, Romantic suspense (Paranormal, Time travel, Science fiction/futuristic, Contemporary fantasy), Multicultural, Christian
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Techno-thriller
  • Thriller

Check out Jane Friedman’s “Beginning Writers’ Answer Book” for other great starting-block info!


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