One aspect of writing that a writer must know is genre. Most don't think they know much until it is explained. No matter where your writing takes you (be it author, screenwriting, or directing e.t.c.) you will always encounter genres. It is inescapable so you might as well become friends now.
Why? You ask.
Because we are humans and we love to put things into little neat labels. It might be a fault but no one complains when they get the last limited edition Oreos because they know it will be in the cookies section.
That's just me?
Okay then, moving on.
Truth is: it makes us feel better. For all the reasons stated above and many more.
Genre has four main categories: poetry, non-fiction, fiction and drama. Each of which is further divided into numerous sub-sections (fiction more than nonfiction).
It depends on literary technique, tone, content, or even length. Genre should not be confused with age category: adult, new adult, young-adult, or children's.
The next post will focus on non-fiction, which will be divided into two or three posts. Then we will focus on fiction which will take considerably longer.