Writing Up Wednesday #2: What Genre is Your Novel… or Does it Even Have One?

Writing Up Wednesday is a weekly writing link-up created by Lizzy @ The Bent Bookworm. This week the theme is “What genre is your novel… or does it even have one?”


My “shaman novel,” (currently code named flawless Cracked and Broken), is very… complicated. Teens are my target audience, but I think it could appeal to a certain kind of adult as well. My main characters are all between the ages of thirteen and seventeen for the most part, but the story does touch on some heavy issues like mental health and drug addictions, and it gets pretty darn dark in some places!
As far as a specific genre is concerned, I’m gonna call it a weird cross-over between fantasy, paranormal, and SciFi. It’s got magicians, shamans, demons, brownies, (the little pixie-like critters, not the chocolate things), goblins, ghosties, elementals, and all kinds of other things that inhabit the “Unseen”, which makes it super fantastical, but there’s also a giant plot twist that I am not going to tell you about that strays into the realm of SciFi. It’s kind of one of those crazy books that everybody sticks in a different genre but hopefully will appeal to several different audiences!

Beautiful People #1: Couples Edition

Beautiful People is a monthly writing meme created by Cait @ Paper Fury. It is designed to help writers get to know their characters, and this week the theme is character couples. Now… Romance actually does not enter my story until the very end because… Well… My MC is kinda struggling with life at the beginning, and lots of people are trying not to die, and I’m sorry but I simply cannot stand that trope where two characters fall in love and it’s all like “We might die if we’re not successful in this mission but I’m gonna stop and kiss you before we do whatever it is that might be our only chance to save the world from disaster!” There’s probably a name for that trope, but obviously I don’t know it, and I don’t wanna google it right now… Anyway… The romance comes in very close to the end of my story, and it’s a kinda major plot point, so I’m not going to actually say the names of the characters involved in order to avoid spoilers. I’ll just code name them Character X and Character Y for now. BTW… These characters come from my “shaman novel” that is currently code named Flawless Cracked and Broken. That title will probably change approximately 52 more times before publication, but tell me what you think of it pretty please? Now, without further rambling, I shall answer these questions!


  1. How and why did they meet?
    Character X and Character Y met after several traumatic events unfolded and they ended up helping each other out. Vague, I know, but so many spoilers abound!

  2. What were their first impressions of each other?
    Character Y thought Character X was just an annoying cheerleader who asked too many questions and smiled too much. Character X thought Character Y was cute but too quiet and probably had just as many secrets as she did herself.

  3. How would they prove their love for each other?
    AAAAAH! You people ask too many loaded questions! Struggles to think of an answer that won’t spoil something big Ok… Here’s another vague answer for ya:
    Something big happens to cause Character Y to face a bunch of ridicule from Character X’s sister, and Character X tells Character Y that she’s sorry about her sister and that she knows what it’s like to have lies spread about you behind your back.

  4. What would be an ideal date?
    Ok so the majority of this is set at Blackthorn Hall, which is a school for shamans. The school is surrounded by woods, and there’s this trail that goes up to the top of a waterfall, and the place above the waterfall kind of becomes their place.

  5. Is there something they emphatically disagree on?
    They absolutely cannot stand each other’s musical tastes! I have this thing where I match my characters with songs, so I’ll share an example from each character’s playlist…
    Character X:

Character Y:

  1. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
    ◦Character X does not function until she’s had her sugar-filled coffee.
    ◦Character Y won’t drink anything containing caffeine or an excessive amount of sugar because it makes him jittery, and he’s jittery enough because of his shaman gift.
    ◦Character X has a strange love for red candy.
    ◦Orange Juice is Character Y’s comfort drink.
    ◦Character Y usually eats yogurt or fruit for breakfast.

  2. What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?
    They know all about each other’s family issues and past drug addictions because that’s partially what brought them together.

  3. What’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?
    Ummm… I can’t answer that… The secret between them is kind of a major turning point in the book, and I want you guys to still have a reason to read this when it gets published, so… Pass!

  4. How would their lives be different without each other?
    They both showed each other that it’s okay to trust, and had they not met, they would both still be hiding their true selves under the mask of their royal bloodlines.

  5. Where do they each see this relationship going?
    Honestly, they aren’t sure at this point. Right now they’re just there for each other, and they’re both willing to see where it goes.


I really hope my answers weren’t annoyingly vague, but I was trying to preserve some mystery because this story is in the edit stages and hopefully will be headed for beta readers soon! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check out the other posts in the link-up!