You only have to worry about genre when you’re trying to write a smaller, more specific genre (such as steampunk) or when you’re trying to sell your story.
Don’t worry what genre it is right now. If you do want to write a medieval fantasy, you’ll have to research the time period and culture you’re writing about (even if you make up a place you’ll have to research some stuff) and read a lot of medieval fantasy.
However, here is a list of fantasy genres (keep in mind that many fantasy novels can fit into more than one category):
If you know what you’re doing, self publishing would be a lot quicker. You could probably do it in a few days, depending on what you’re publishing through.
It can take months or even years to get an agent and it can take anywhere from a few days to several months to find a publisher after that. Then there’s all the stuff that goes into making your manuscript into a final book. That can take anywhere from a few months (usually for something in extremely high demand) to two years.
For fiction it’s usually between one and two years, excluding writing, finding an agent, and finding a publisher.
There is a self publishing tag on the tags page that can give you lots of information on self publishing and you can also look at my How to Write and Publish a Novel page for more information.
- Less danger of writing awful purple prose
- Friends can survive without constantly being around each other
- Friendships are really cute
- It’s easier to write healthy friendships
- Somebody can be friends with two people without it turning into an annoying “friendship triangle”
- Positive female-female friendships are underrepresented
- Female-male friendships without romantic undertones are underrepresented outside of children’s books
- Most people don’t collapse into irrational heaps of strong emotions whenever they see their friends, which makes it way easier to fight off attacking ninjas
- More stories about online friends would be nice
- Friends don’t have to be conventionally attractive in order to sell books
- Did I mention the cuteness factor?