| David Gane

Action versus genre

Many stories are defined by their genre or the notion that they are literary.

I am interested in the action of story. This is not the same as the action genre, but the notion that characters take a specific action towards a specific want.

Different types of characters will have different actions, as well as different reactions. An upper class Victorian poet will respond very differently to harsh words than a modern day bank robber that's spent time in prison.

Think about the actions of the characters you enjoy reading and writing about. Perhaps your interests are less about a specific genre and more about what a character does.

This exercise opens your writing up, allowing you to explore a wider spectrum of locations, time periods, characters, and literary styles, and expanding your reach and potential.

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