Genre refers to a category of works that share a common style, form, or content. A literary, or writing genre, to be more specific, follows the same technique, content, or tone. Examples of literary genres include fiction, non-fiction, satire, and poetry. These can further be sub-divided. For example, fiction may be sub-divided into short stories and novels (which can even further be divided into romance, mystery, tragedy, history, etc.); non-fiction into biography, journals, essays and so on; and poetry into lyric, epic, dramatic, etc. Genres have often been a subject of debate as different people have different ways of dividing the different types of writings. But whichever way, the fact remains that there are genres; and each writer follows one or more genres of writing depending on his/her expertise.
A freelance writer, too, generally follows a genre or more. The most likely (based on demands) are the following:
-Business writing – This involves any kind of writing done for a business. Examples: letters, brochures, presentations, newsletters, plans, etc.
-Copywriting – This is writing done for the purpose of promoting or marketing a business, product or service. Examples: ads, information brochures, white papers and so on.
-Technical writing – This refers to any writing that is done to instruct or inform people of a technical product or service. The most common examples here are writing manuals or white papers.
-Ghostwriting – This is any writing done on behalf of someone else, using his/her name and allowing credit to be given to him/her. This may be in any genre.
-Grant or Proposal writing – This involves writing proposals, which also includes research, budget, accounting and so on.
-Speechwriting – This is writing words that are to be spoken in front of a live audience.
-Critical writing – This is done to review, analyze, or interpret something – which may be a book, a product, a movie, or music.
Non-fiction writing – This may be an essay or article for educational or journalistic purposes.
-Web or content writing – This writing is done specifically for the internet. It includes articles, product or service descriptions, online columns, and e-zines.
-Blogging – This differs from web writing in the sense that it is done specifically for the purpose of community building, or directly promoting a product or a service. It is done on a regular basis and allows readers to add comments. Blogging may either be for businesses or for individuals.
A freelance writer may follow any of these genres depending on his/her interest or expertise.
Are you a freelance writer doing any other kind of writing? Which genre are you following?