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Creative Writing: What Are Some Common Story Types?

Do you ever find yourself inspired by novels, short stories, or plays and then want to write something of your own? Maybe you want to write a novel, but you don’t know where to begin. Or, perhaps, you’ve got an idea for a play, but you need an expert to help you turn it into a full-fledged script. Don’t worry; help is out there! There are plenty of resources available to help you with your creative writing journey. In fact, starting a story can be as easy as ABC.

If you’re looking to get started, read on. We’ve got you covered from the very beginning all the way to the end. So, you can sit back and relax as you craft your masterpiece. Let’s get to it.

Romantic Comedy

What if I told you there was a magical formula for writing a novel? It wouldn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be good enough to make the author a bit happier than when they began. Well, in that case, romantic comedy would be the perfect genre for you to write in. After all, what’s happier than ending up with someone you love, even if it’s just for a while?

The genre allows for plenty of scope for making the characters appear realistic, but it also has some exciting twists that will leave you and your readers on the edge of their seats. While some rom coms are completely happy endings, others are darker in tone, which is what makes them even more gripping. So, you might want to think about which one you want to write before diving in.


One of the most popular genres today is action-adventure fiction. Fans of the genre are looking for fast-paced storytelling, with plenty of excitement and drama. If you’ve got a few action-adventure movies or TV shows under your belt, then you know how good the pacing can be when done right. So, if you’ve got a hunch that you might enjoy that side of things, then go for it! As long as you can keep the interest of your audience, you’re bound to have a good time.

As with any type of fiction, there are many challenges that come with writing an action-adventure novel. Chief among them is putting yourself in the shoes of a seasoned adventurer. Being able to experience the excitement of going on an adventure and being able to craft an action-packed story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat comes with practice. So, if you’re looking for a challenge, then this is the genre for you.


While some may argue that science fiction is simply a sub-genre of fiction, it is, in fact, a stand-alone category all of its own. This may be due to the fact that science fiction combines elements of both science and fiction, which gives it a distinctive identity. For instance, what if we told you that there was a way to travel through time? Or, what if we said that you could freeze-dry a person and use their molecules to fuel an engine that could fly you to the moon?

Imagine how excited you’d have to be to write about such fantastic things. If you’re passionate about science and technology, then science fiction is the perfect genre for you. And, since futuristic technology can be such an integral part of the story, it may help you keep track of what’s going on while you’re actually writing it. Of course, you’ll have to make sure that the rules and guidelines set by your publisher or agent are followed. Otherwise, you might end up on the wrong side of the law.


Many people find their thrillers on the “fringe” of the fiction spectrum. After all, who doesn’t love a good scare? Even if you’re a bit hesitant about putting your frighteners on paper, maybe you should give it a try. When done right, a thriller can be both terrifying and suspenseful. In fact, if you want to write a successful thriller, then make sure that you keep your readers in the dark as long as possible. Even after the prologue, where the reader gets a taste of things to come, an author can maintain suspense by withholding crucial information. When you write a thriller, you may find that the story naturally unfolds in a way that feels right to you. But, even then, you may need to go back and rewrite parts of it. Sometimes, the voice of the story may not match the voice of the writer.


Finally, we have fantasy. This one may be a bit more difficult to break into, though it is a very popular genre, especially among Young Adult readers, where it often appears in book form. It is often associated with children’s literature, though it can appear in adult fiction, as well. Fantasy fiction is a unique genre, in that it often blurs the lines between reality and fiction, as well as the characters within it. This is a great advantage if you want to write a successful fantasy novel. After all, how can you keep the interest of your audience if they know what’s going on?

The major challenge in writing a fantasy novel is to take the concept behind “Magic The Gathering” and adapt it to paper (or screen). If you’re looking for a challenge, then fantasy is a great place to find it. Just make sure that you stay true to the characters and the world that you’ve created, as well as the setting, which may be hard, given the wide array of available options. If you’ve got a hunch that this is something that interests you, then go for it! Just remember to have fun with it, and make sure that you don’t hurt any feelings along the way. And, finally, don’t forget to get a professional opinion, once you’ve written your novel, to make sure that it’s in good shape, before approaching a publisher or an agent.

Hopefully, this piece gave you some good ideas for your creative writing journey. Whatever you decide, just make sure that you stay true to yourself and have fun with it. You may find, however, that writing is a lot like riding a bike. Once you got it, you just have to keep doing it to keep moving forward. So, don’t be afraid to try new things while you’re at it. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find that you enjoy it!