When starting a new novel or story, it’s a good idea to know what genre you’re writing in. That’s pretty obvious. What may not be so obvious are all the nuances within your genre. What kind of story, exactly, are you telling?
One way to discover this is to ask yourself: What are some of your favorite novels or movies and why do you like them? What makes them stand out above the others?
Below I listed a few of my favorites and why I like them. My “why” may be different than yours.
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.
Why: original pov (from dead girl), lovely prose, deeply creepy antagonist, unique setting: heaven.