It's Time to Switch Genres (6 Books to Help You)

Updated: Oct 14


There's no question that writing in a new genre can feel like you are starting from scratch. It can be incredibly overwhelming and super frustrating. Especially if you're like me and have been developing your skill at this craft for a while now. But that is exactly why we must do it. In order to become the best screenwriter we can be, it is imperative to work outside of our comfort zone or risk the downward spiral of complacency. If you write horror then try comedy. Do you write drama? Then write a sci-fi script. The worse that can happen is that you learn the tropes and cliché's of that genre and how to avoid them or twist them into something original and special. But you will also learn some key elements which are unique to that genre which you can then put in your toolbox for later. Eventually, you will find your skills growing in ways that you never expected! All because you were brave enough to try something new. Trust me this works! Below are some books which I believe can help you get started and try out a new genre.

-Geoffrey D. Calhoun


1. Learn Genre Film Secrets

Writers will learn what Genre is and how each of the 11 genres work then how film intensifies and satisfies aficionado expectations. The writer will learn to weave elements from one genre into the fundamental story of another genre, creating more powerful characters and plots that appeal to a broader movie-going audience.

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2. The Comic Hero's Journey

A comic hero or heroine also goes on a journey, but for the comic hero, it’s often quite, quite different. The hero decides to go on the adventure; the comic hero often has no choice. The hero has a wise old man; the comic hero often meets an idiot who inadvertently says something that can teach him a thing or two. Steve Kaplan will show you the diverse paths that comedy takes in The Comic Hero’s Journey.

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3. Improv for Writers

Improv instructor and writer Jorjeana Marie reveals a new way to generate idea after brilliant idea. Applying the rules of improv to fiction writing, Marie presents fun games and exercises